The award for the most ludicrous protest against mosques goes to Newt Gingrich, for comparing Muslims building a moque at Ground Zero to Nazis putting up “a sign next to the Holocaust museum”. Or maybe to the unidentified woman in this NPR story. Listen for the woman who screams “Islam isn’t a religion.” That was against a mosque in Tennessee.
I almost understand the argument against the Islamic community center/mosque at Ground Zero. People who lived through 9/11 don’t need a daily reminder of that terrorist attack. What stops me is this: the refusal to imagine that not all Muslims are extremists, or even devout.
It’s that kind of thinking that leads people to accuse Obama of being Muslim, as if that were something bad.