Tag Archives: Ground Zero Mosque

Let’s Stop Reliving It

This weekend, expect to be deluged by a sea of violent images: the towers burning, falling, the planes impacting, and probably a series of images even more disturbing, which I won’t link to or even name. We’ll agonize over rumors, look over our shoulders, and in many respects maintain the last decade’s focus on the […]

The Right’s Newest Conspiracy Theory

How does one rationalize the cognitive dissonance between, “Osama bin Laden is dead” with “but a pinko Muslin-loving wimpy liberal extremist Democrat gave the go order”? Easy. Obviously, Obama called off the attack, but the military ignored a direct order from their commander-in-chief, and went for it anyways, because Article II of the Constitution just isn’t […]

Park51: Why Give Up Now?

The New York Times reports that the developers of the “Ground Zero Mosque” are mulling an alternate development project: an “interfaith” center on the current property, sans mosque, with the needed mosque built elsewhere. It’s not clear to me why you float this idea now. The battle is over. As we predicted months ago, fundamentalist […]

The Failure of British Multiculturalism (and the Need for a “Cultural Federalism”)

Responding to the rising threat of homegrown Islamic extremism, bloodily realized five summers ago, British prime minister David Cameron gave the following warning: We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. New York Magazine flags the broader message as, “multiculturalism has failed.” But to Cameron’s credit, the […]

Vacating the Moral High Ground

Today in America, members of the religious right continuously whine about the “persecution” of Christianity, i.e., its inability to dominate moral discourse in a pluralistic society; and use the intolerance of Islamic radicals to justify their own intolerance of all Muslims, everywhere. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Coptic Christians are dying, and Egyptian Muslims “flock” to their churches […]

Islamic Radicalization: Appropriate Fields and Manners of Inquiry

Representative Peter King (R-NY), soon to accede to a leadership role with the Homeland Security Committee in the Republican controlled House of Representatives (God help us), pens the following describing his plans to use the House’s investigatory powers: The great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans. Yet a Pew Poll showed […]

Reflecting on the “Ground Zero Mosque”

Remember that? It’s been two and a half months since September 11th, 2010, when anti-Islamic radicals, led by Sarah Palin, pushed Imam Rauf’s Cordoba House into the headlines, as a way to cast aspersion on the integrationist ambitions of moderate Muslims nationwide. But lately, if you haven’t been reading specialist blogs, or following the parallel […]

Our Sharia

Although the protections afforded Jews and Christians by Islamic law were, in many ways, ahead of their time, this grace, such as it was, had its limits. According to the Pact of Umar, which defined the relationship between the Peoples of the Book, [Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians] shall not build, in our cities or in […]

The Circularity of Controversy

In the course of the “Ground Zero mosque” debate, I’ve seen a number of intelligent, moderate minds fall prey to one of the more infuriating arguments I’ve ever heard: whether or not the Cordoba Initiative set out on a peaceful mission, the theory goes, this current furor proves that mission will never succeed. Because the […]

Yes, But What’s “Their” Job Description?

“Day By Day,” the conservative comic with oversexualized female characters, provides one of the more inane reactions to Terry Jones, the pastor who, for a brief time, threatened to burn a pile of Korans on September 11th. Maybe Jones shouldn’t burn the Koran, but where do these “politicians” get off telling him what to do? […]