The people who oppose the Islamic community center in New York City are bigots. No, not most of them, not a minority of them, but all of them. They are all bigots.
Why do I say they are bigots? Their nonsensical arguments say it all. The bigots claim that this “mosque” is an affront to those who died on 9/11. They say it is an act of fundamentalism, of “political correctness” upstaging “righteousness,” when what they really mean is that they don’t like how brown people with different religions can also take advantage of their Constitution-given rights as citizens of the United States of America. It is racism and religious intolerance in its purest, vilest form.
However, the fault lies not with the easily manipulated public.
Instead, it is the media, which is absurdly skewed to the political right, that has fanned the flames of this rubbish. Well, mainly it was Fox News and the other usual suspects, but the “mainstream” (“liberally-biased”, as some misguided people would claim) media has done more harm than good by acting as if there is an actual controversy.
Then there are those truly distasteful politicians who, smelling a fantastic wedge issue upon which to run, have gone as far as to compare Muslims to Nazis and claim that Islam is a cult.
As for those who claim that having an Islamic community center near Ground Zero is “distasteful” and “disrespectful,” I have to wonder how they feel about the already existing mosque and the strip club, which are far closer to Ground Zero than this community center will ever be.
It is also humorous to see (well, read) people claim, with a serious face (well, text), that president Barack Obama is a Muslim because he “defends” them, and not Christians.
Certainly Christians need defending in a nation such as ours where they vastly outnumber those of other faiths, and even those of us without faith, and are constantly under attack by the evil, elitist, liberal soldiers of, uh… evil.
Furthermore, to argue that “Christianity has been beaten to a pulp” because, unlike the last president, this particular corporate puppet is not constantly praising your chosen deity, would be hilarious, if it weren’t so depressing.
At best, this “debate” is nothing more than a manufactured controversy. At worst, it is a brutish, ugly manifestation of the racism lurking within our country.