The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near Ground Zero.
Significant opposition has emerged against the project. Sarah Palin even weighed in this weekend, tweeting, “Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.”
Should there be a mosque near Ground Zero?
Let’s get this straight.
The “mosque at Ground Zero” is neither a mosque nor is it at ground zero. It is a 13-story Islamic cultural center modeled along the lines of the Jewish Cultural Centers that dot the American landscape (the JCC is assisting in the early stages of the project) that is about three blocks from Ground Zero.
So the question for Sarah Palin is this: How many blocks away is enough for you? Would you be OK with the center being built five blocks away? Seven blocks away? Or do you agree with Congressman Peter King who has stated that there are already “too many mosques in America”? Do you agree with the opening statement of the GOP Trust commercial that explicitly connects the Islamic Center, and indeed Muslims in the US, with al-Qaeda? This entire bogus controversy is part of a widespread and dangerous anti-Islamic sentiment that is gripping America. Let’s stop pretending that there is actually debate here. American Muslims can build whatever they want wherever they want in this country. Period.