At TruthDig, Amy Goodman bemoans those who have fallen silent over the mosque near ground zero and asks a good question:
[There is an] absence of people in the U.S. in leadership positions in every walk of life, of every political stripe, speaking out for freedom of religion and against racism. As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Does anyone seriously say that there shouldn’t be a Christian church near the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, just because Timothy McVeigh was a Christian?
One, of course, would only say that “no Christian churches must be built in proximity of the Oklahoma City bombing site” if you held Christians collectively guilty for Timothy McVeigh and thought that Timothy McVeigh represented the heart of Christianty, its essence, its true nature.
Build the mosque.
Image: children standing before a burning synagogue, November 1938 (Kristallnacht).