A friend of mine, a man I respect enormously despite his politics and his theology, posted a link on his Facebook page yesterday about a church that stood un-restored near Ground Zero while the infamous mosque was being given the go-ahead. His comment and the comments of a friend made it clear they were among the 61% of Americans who oppose the mosque. (while 26% are in favour, according to the Time survey.)
I have been a bit out of regular blogging these past months, though I regularly pile up articles I really want to comment on, and compose posts in my head. The post in my mind on "the Ground Zero Mosque" -- or to be more accurate the Muslim Community Centre, with a mosque within it, two blocks from Ground Zero -- has been growing as the news brought more and more outrageous comments from American conservatives ( like Nazis protesting next to the Holocaust museum - Newt Gingrich), among them many evangelical Christian commentators ( "It's hypocrisy. It's mockery. It's mocking the 3,000 Americans who died just around the corner, who were killed by Islamists in the name of Islam. ... The lack of universal condemnation by the Islamic world, their silence, shows their support of this. - Franklin Graham ). It was waiting to burst forth when my friends words on Facebook became the detonator.
So for those starved of my comment in recent months I have rescued them from the obscurity of a comment on Facebook, to form the heart of my long dreamed of post on the matter: