Two quick pointers about the New York mosque discussion.
First, Sarah Cunningham has very well reasoned response here. I encourage our readers to check it out.
She makes several excellent points, including this one: let’s give some time for the facts to become clear.
Having said that, I don’t know if her post adequately addresses the Muslim value of taqiya, or deception, considered a virtue as a battle tactic. If indeed the supporters of this building project subscribe to taqiya, should they be taken at their word when they say they only want to show respect and build peaceful relationships?
Second, some have now introduced an interesting dimension to this debate: Muslims in opposition. American Values President, Gary Bauer, writes about Neda Bolourchi, who
… lost her mother in the 9/11 attacks. She wrote a very moving editorial in the Washington Post last week describing the mosque as “a symbol of victory for militant Muslims around the world.”
And about Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, both of whom
… are board members of the Muslim Canadian Congress. They recently wrote in the Ottawa Citizen, “we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel.”
More opposition from Muslim moderates here.
– Gary Brumbelow