The perfect distillation of liberal thought: We MUST build the Ground Zero Mosque because it will be offensive and insulting to us. And, as Americans, the most important thing in the world is to offend and insult ourselves, because as Americans, we bend over backwards to show how open and accepting we are of all the world’s peoples and religions. So, even if they plan to use the mosque to celebrate the murder of 3,000 people, people who had to jump a thousand feet to their deaths, and even if they plan to use it as a future base from which to attack the financial district, who cares?
We are Americans, and the Constitution is a suicide pact. The more we shame ourselves, the more glorious we are. Hitting ourselves in the head with a hammer is the highest form of Americanism. Refusal to use common sense is what the founding fathers were all about!.
It is hard to imagine that anything has gone unsaid about the so-called Ground Zero mosque, but an important point seems to be missing.
The mosque should be built precisely because we don’t like the idea very much. We don’t need constitutional protections to be agreeable, after all.
This point surpasses even all the obvious reasons for allowing the mosque, principally that there’s no law against it. Precluding any such law, we let people worship when and where they please. That it hurts some people’s feelings is, well, irrelevant in a nation of laws. And, really, don’t we want to keep it that way?
Confession: I would prefer that the mosque not be built so close to the ground where nearly 3,000 innocent souls perished. That’s my personal feeling, especially as I imagine the suffering of so many families whose loved ones died in the conflagration.
But why do so many Americans feel this way? The answer is inherent in the question. Feeling is emotion, which isn’t necessarily bad, but it bears watching.
Reason tells us something else: The Muslims who want to build this mosque didn’t fly airplanes into skyscrapers. They don’t support terrorism. By what understanding do we assign guilt to all for the actions of a relative few?
Yeah, like Muslims who say they are moderates are moderates aren’t they. Like Alawki. He said he was a moderate.