At EvolutionBlog, Jason Rosenhouse weighs in on the proposed mosque at ground zero:
The notion that somehow there is a radius around Ground Zero that is now a Muslim-free zone is obscene and bigoted. This isn’t even an issue of freedom of religion. It’s about being innocent until proven guilty.
Jason Rosenhouse has hit the nail on the head here: the most nefarious element to this whole story is the right’s tarring of Muslim Americans with collective guilt for 9-11. It smacks of the Herderian politics of the 1930s, and as such it’s an attack on the very Jeffersonian foundations of our country: an American citizen is an individual first, presumptively endowed with universal human reason, and in the unalienable possession of certain rights. A Muslim American is not akin to a herd animal, nor is he or she psychologically opaque to all those outside his or her “herd.” To believe this about another human being is to exchange in our politics the Anglo-French Enlightenment for ethnic and religious nationalism. What is first about us is our individuality, not our tribal identifications. And we have far more in common than what divides us. This isn’t political correctness. This is the human universalism of the Enlightenment. And if it’s wrong, then America is wrong. But America is very, very far from wrong.