First off, I can't even wrap my mind around the balls it took for some imam to propose this.
Are all Muslims terrorists? Of course not. But you don't put a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.
You wouldn't propose a museum to Japanese culture across the water from USS Arizona.
You wouldn't propose a statue of Andrew Jackson at the Cherokee Heritage Center.
An Islamic cultural center anywhere near Ground Zero is ludicrous.
And it's not hate speech to say so. The people who show up at zoning meetings in New York to defend the idea are idiots. It's not Islamaphobia to oppose this idea. Charging mosque opponents with bigotry is a deflection. The proponents of this idea are hoping they can cow a public that fears such labels. Well, you can't intimidate me. I am comfortable with myself and I know I am not a bigot.
Learn more by reading this opinion piece "A mosque at Ground Zero?"
Pat Condell, while a militant atheist who loathes all organized religion, is particularly articulate on this subject.
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