*** UPDATE – THIS ARTICLE WAS FROM AUG 3 2010. MIA CULPA***
A plan to build a mosque and a Muslim community centre within two blocks of Ground Zero cleared a major hurdle today amid an intensifying groundswell of opposition from rightwing pundits and politicians.
The $100m project would see a 13-storey centre, with prayer space, swimming pool and restaurant, rise in Park Place, just north of the World Trade Centre where al-Qaida terrorists struck on 11 September 2001.
Perhaps its time. Perhaps in the spirit of, ‘if you can’t beat them join them’, we should express how much we appreciate and have learned from Islam, and start treating Muslims and especially the ones who show this kind of contempt for us, the same way Muslims treat everyone else all over the world where numbers allow.
Which begs the question I ask from time to time…
If I say that I want for Islam exactly what Islam wants for us.
If I say I feel about Islam exactly what it feels for me and everyone like me.
If I say we should treat muslims as their religion teaches they should treat everyone else…
Have I committed a hate crime?
Ah the leftists dilemma.