The Cordoba House: where do you stand?

by john

The rightwingers and Republicans are ramping up the nativism and other-bashing with what they are misnaming the ‘ground zero mosque.’ Refudiations are in order.

Greg Sargent had a good post yesterday in which he called on people to either condemn the bigotry or be an adult and admit that you conflate all of Islam with murderous terrorists:

The only way to see this as a provocative act is to buy into the notion that the building of a center devoted to Islamic heritage is, by accident or by design, tantamount to rubbing the victims’ noses into what happened on 9/11 — that it is inescapably a “victory mosque.” To believe this is to legitimize — wittingly or not — the world view of the center’s bigoted foes.

In fact, it is not legitimate to see the building of a center devoted to the study of Islam near Ground Zero as an inherently provocative act. You can’t endorse the idea that it’s provocative to study the heritage of Islam in the vicinity of Ground Zero while simultaneously arguing that the bigots are wrong to conflate the 9/11 attacks with Islam as a whole. Period. It’s not a coherent or sustainable argument.

People need to choose sides. Either it’s justifiable to see the act of building an Islamic center near Ground Zero as provocation, intentional or not, or it isn’t. If you endorse the former, you are in effect supporting the view that it’s defensible to vaguely associate Islam as a whole with the attacks. If people want to endorse that view, fine: Just say so. No fudging here. It’s one or the other.

Violent murderous Christian terrorists have killed numerous doctors who perform abortions — should all Christians have to refudiate them?

The ADL squandered whatever moral authority it had left by siding with the bigots and Fareed Zakaria returned, rightfully, an ADL award.

The rightwingers and Republicans see Muslims as the new commies, complete with dark suggestions of nefarious plots. But the American Taliban — Christofascists, really — have more in common with Islamic extremists than they do with the mainstream of American people, and both are very far from mainstream Christianity and Islam. I think the American Christianists secretly jealous of the control over others the radical Islamists are able to wield in parts of countries like Afghanistan and Somalia.

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  1. Jeff

    agreed. Today on Hannity’s radio program he had a woman (I missed her name as I came across the conversation late) who supposedly is friends with this “controversial” Iman http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=37787 that is part of the planning for the Muslim Community Center in NY. Hannity’s was blasting this woman who has defended human rights the world over, about Sharia law. Apparently this Iman says in his book that American Muslims must adapt Sharia to modern day America to not cling to the dark ages (stoning of women, male witnesses to prove rape on a woman, etc.). Hannity was misquoting the Iman and claiming that he (the Iman) expected AMERICA to be more Sharia compliant. The woman expressed over and over that this was not the case, but Hannity completely ignored her and continued to speak (and yell) over her.

    It drives me nuts when ass bags like Hannity will not even LISTEN to their callers/guests if they don’t agree with them. He sounded like an idiot. The sad part is that thousands of Americans listened to him, and believed every lie he was spewing.

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