Setting aside the glorious way in which this subject prompted America's Idiot-In-Chief, Sarah Palin, to live right up to her rep for being the single most empty-headed person in America's public life, I have to note that I grow tire of a certain style of thinking regarding issues like this. The reasoning basically goes thusly: "Sure, 99.9 percent of the Muslims in the world are not actually terrorists waiting to suicide-bomb you, but for the good of America, we should certainly treat all of 'em as if they are."
And for the "Build it, but somewhere else" crowd, what is the acceptable distance? Ten blocks? Twenty? A mile? If it's meant to serve Muslims in Lower Manhattan, where should it go that it won't be too darn close to the WTC site? Or should they just not build it in Manhattan at all?
Count me among those who think that letting this mosque get built and used without making any fuss whatsoever would put forth a much greater demonstration of America's ideals than anything I've seen in quite some time.
UPDATE: Alan says what I said, but he uses a lot more words to do it. Ha!