You can build a mosque at ground zero when we can build a synogogue in Mecca

This is the caption on one of the signs (see photo at right) held at a protest against the "Ground Zero Mosque" yesterday, August 22. So this is how we set our standards of tolerance in the United States, according to those of religious fundamentalists? Boy, does this country ever need to go back to school for a civics lesson.

By the way, as Frank Rich pointed out yesterday in the New York Times, it's not a mosque, it's an Islamic cultural center with a prayer room. But I'm sure that doesn't make much difference to the bigots who attend these protests.

Anyway, I will be in New York for several months beginning August 31, and I am sure there will be plenty of demonstrations in favor of this building project for me to attend. Hope to see some of you there.

Photo: asterix11

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trencherbone said…
'Religious' tolerance?

The privileges of being classed as religion should be withdrawn from Islam.

If Hitler had claimed that 'Mein Kampf' was dictated by God, would we be forced to tolerate the Nazi Party as a religion? Islam is first and foremost a mind-destroying, totalitarian political ideology that spreads through the Body Politic like a virus.

Winston Churchill gave the correct diagnosis over a century ago, when he compared Islam to a contagious virus or meme - 'as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog'

Consequently, Islam should be reclassified from 'RELIGION' to 'PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM' - a virulent contagious mental illness. It could then be contained by the methods used to prevent the spread of typhoid and other lethal epidemics: enforced exclusion and quarantime of carriers, eradication of foci of infection, immunization of the susceptible population etc.