Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The dispute over the "Ground Zero mosque" is an object lesson in how not to resist intolerance.

Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine: "The dispute over the construction of an Islamic center at 'Ground Zero' in Lower Manhattan has now sunk to a level of stupidity that really does shame the memory and the victims of that terrible day in September 2001. One might think that a mosque or madrassa was being proposed in the place of the fallen towers themselves or atop the atomized ingredients of what was once a mass grave. (In point of fact, the best we have been able to do with the actual site, after almost a decade, is to create a huge, noisy, and dirty pit with almost no visible architectural progress. Perhaps resentment at the relative speed of the proposed Cordoba House is a subconscious by-product of embarrassment at this local and national disgrace.)"
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