Friday, August 20, 2010

The Mosque Controversy Continues: How a Texas Case Regarding a Sikh Temple Illuminates the Issues

by Marci A. Hamilton

August 19, 2010

With the Republican Party, the Tea Party, and even Sarah Palin now conceding -- as they must -- that it is unconstitutional to stop plans for the proposed Islamic Center project two blocks from Ground Zero, they have had to move their battle against the mosque and Muslims in general toward invoking "sensitivities."

Now, they are furiously waving the American flag; posturing as supporters of the troops, by being the public enemies of everything associated with Islam; and arguing that if the imam had any sensitivity to the feelings of Manhattanites or Americans generally, he would voluntarily move the project elsewhere. In other words, it's the imam who is at fault.

This is all deplorable, base politics, but it is worthwhile to examine where these arguments will take the Americans whom these groups would like to lead.