Feisal Abdul Rauf returns to the United States, with a reiteration of his intent to build the Ground Zero mosque. What better place to peddle his goods than the op-ed page of the New York Times?
Rauf presents his planned edifice as a sort of crossroads among Islam, Christianity and Judaism. And he’s a sensitive kind of guy: “I am very sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11, as are my fellow leaders of many faiths. We will accordingly seek the support of those families, and the support of our vibrant neighborhood, as we consider the ultimate plans for the community center. Our objective has always been to make this a center for unification and healing.”
But in Rauf’s absence we have largely unified around the proposition that the mosque doesn’t belong there. And the healing will begin when Rauf abandons the project. Looking on the bright side, Daniel Pipes thinks that Rauf may have roused us from our slumbers, and Andrew McCarthy thinks that this is where we begin to say no.
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