31 August, 2010
The Ground Zero Mosque
I've finally formed an opinion on the "Ground Zero Mosque." At first I was insulted and disgusted. Then I thought that was hypocritical and was thinking I would have to support their right to build where they wanted, constitutionally there were no grounds to prevent it. But then I realized it isn't the government trying to stop it, it is the Fearful Right who oppose it. And making a bunch of noise in the process, causing a lot of division and strife. Using it for political gain it appears. Building the "we aren't soft on Islam" credibility for future elections. So basically I think what I have to do is ignore it. Ignore the Ranting Right and their "fears" about Islam. Ignore the blithering of liberals about how the center is a place of peace or whatever. I doubt that. Contributing to the noise about it only contributes recruits to radical Islam, gives them ammunition for their cause. It also gives the Fearful Right power and followers. Ignoring both gives liberals nothing to say in return, nothing for the Ranting Right to howl about, and nothing for the radicals to recruit with. Al-Qaeda doesn't want it built, it wants it to continue to tear at our society. Our best response is to ignore it. Quiet ridicule of the money wasted on it and those who go inside it is the most it deserves.