Dismayed to incoherence
For days now I’ve been trying to say something meaningful about the Republican campaign against the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”. But even though I go on for endless, impassioned paragraphs, I just can’t seem to get beyond; “how can people be taken in by something so stupid and un-American?”
Fortunately, I can just post a picture of a feather that I took this morning, and direct you to two articles that said what I wasn’t able to. I suppose it’s the equivalent of buying a Hallmark card, only I’m sending you to the very best.
***Dave confronts The Party of Hate.
“Rather than E Pluribus Unum, “Out of Many, One,” their motto seems to be, “Out of Many, There’s Us vs. Them, So We Better Get Them Before They Get Us. Oh, and Send Us Money, Too.”
The Economist says Build That Mosque.
“WHAT makes a Muslim in Britain or America wake up and decide that he is no longer a Briton or American but an Islamic “soldier” fighting a holy war against the infidel? Part of it must be pull: the lure of jihadism. Part is presumably push: a feeling that he no longer belongs to the place where he lives…
Thank you, that is all. (And no, the feather isn’t symbolic of anything. It’s just something I saw this morning that I thought was nifty.)
Here’s an essay by another thoughtful Christian on the controversy: Michael Kinnamon on Cordoba House and mosque at Ground Zero
… His family lived with the onus of suspicion for six months until Salman’s body was identified. He was found near the North Tower with his EMT bag beside him, situated where he could help people in need. The point of this now famous story is simple. Not every Muslim at Ground Zero was a terrorist, and not every Muslim was a hero. The vast majority were like thousands of others on September 11: victims of one of the most heinous events of our times. But for the family of Salman Hamdani and millions of innocent Muslims, the tragedy has been exacerbated by the fact that so many of the rest of us have formed our opinions about them out of prejudice and ignorance of the Muslim faith…