There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.There may be valid reasons for opposing the construction of the mosque, but retribution for religious intolerance in Saudi Arabia is not one of them. The best rebuttal I have read was in Matthew Yglesias' blog yesterday:
...it is absolutely crucial that we bend over backwards—as even George W Bush tended to recognize—to avoid framing 9/11 as part and parcel of some broad American conflict with Muslim peoples or the Islamic religion. Our framing is that America is a diverse, pluralistic, free, and open society... Our theory is that liberalism is an political system that can accommodate a wide array of people and faiths. To abandon that theory is as repugnant as it is foolish.If Orthodox Jews spit on Christians in Jerusalem, should Conservative Christians retaliate by spitting on Jews at Wall Street? What utter rubbish.
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