Image via WikipediaBelow is an excerpt from CBS News (not Fox News):
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, in Phoenix, a former Muslim U.S. Navy Commander, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Friday sharply critical of the planned Islamic center, urging organizer Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Muslims all over the world to show compassion and understand the American separation of church and state.
Jasser says the Islamic Center as conceived is more about making a political statement that will seriously divide communities than about bringing them together.
He wrote, "We Muslims should first separate mosque and state before lecturing Americans about church and state." He continues, "American freedom of religion is a right, but … it is not right to make one's religion a global political statement with a towering Islamic edifice that casts a shadow over the memorials of Ground Zero. … Islamists in 'moderate' disguise are still Islamists. In their own more subtle ways, the WTC mosque organizers end up serving the same aims (as) separatist and supremacist wings of political Islam."
Source link (emphasis added).
President Obama has taken the lead in absurdly mishandling the controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque by failing to make clear that this particular location is not a wise choice. Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has also failed miserably by oversimplifying the issue and refusing to see that the issue is not religious freedom at all but rather respect and humane sensitivity concerning the site of a massacre. Because of the Obama and Bloomberg ineptness, the developers of the mosque see no reason to back down from the project. With the N.Y. Times taking the lead, the liberal media has also failed miserably by implying or explicitly saying that any common sense opposition to this mosque is somehow bigoted or xenophobic or against religious freedom. Those personal attacks are all straw men that betray great obtuseness and ideological rigidity in the media.
What do you get when inept political leaders plus reflexively liberal media encourage the dishonorable and disrespectful stubbornness of the Ground Zero mosque developers? A controversy that will not end any time soon. This controversy may become another "Roe v. Wade" in which liberal elites seek to impose their rigid view of what is appropriate on a nation that refuses to conform to what the elites prescribe. We have now had the abortion wars for decades because of that liberal self-righteousness. We may now have for decades the Ground Zero mosque controversy if that project goes forward.