“An enormously complex and emotional issue—but ultimately the right thing to do. A president is president for every citizen, including every Muslim citizen. Obama is correct that the way to marginalize radicalism is to respect the best traditions of Islam and protect the religious liberty of Muslim Americans. It is radicals who imagine an American war on Islam. But our conflict is with the radicals alone.”
— Michael Gerson, former speech-writer for George W. Bush.
Perfectly said, perfectly stated. Americans are Americans, religious beliefs be damned. The mosque represents not a symbol of hate, but a golden opportunity to show the great inclusiveness of America. If you’re Al Queda or the Taliban, and you want to show your people the U.S.’s intollerance, what better way than the disallowance of a mosque in New York City?
If you’re America, and you want to continue as a beacon of freedom, what better way to trumpet such than allowing it to be built?