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Hitchens Chimes in on PARK51 Mosque

Never known for shying away from controversy, Good old Hitchbitch takes on the topic of the mosque at ground zero. i got myself in a little hot water the other week on this topic. I think Hitch supports my claim that I was taking a pretty moderate position. I am also interested in the reaction to his idea that some persecution of religions in America has actually moderated the beliefs of some pretty backwards superstitions. Maybe he is playing devils advocate, but I think he at least sets off an interesting discussion.

Free Exercise of Religion? No, Thanks.The taming and domestication of religious faith is one of the unceasing chores of civilization.

A recent blizzard of liberal columns has framed the debate over American Islam as if it were no more than the most recent stage in the glorious history of our religious tolerance. This phrasing of the question has the (presumably intentional) effect of marginalizing doubts and of lumping any doubters with the anti-Catholic Know-Nothings, the anti-Semites, and other bigots and shellbacks. So I pause to take part in a thought experiment, and to ask myself: Am I in favor of the untrammeled "free exercise of religion"?

No, I am not.

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The Mosque Debate Rages

I was surprised to see what was actually a pretty good debate in this Russian TV Clip. A number of the thoughts shared here reflected some of the internal debate I have been having on the issue.

I don't think Islam is really any more violent than any other religion. Perhaps it is in a more violent state of affairs in its current day situation, but really, belief in the unknowable can lead any group to violence without reason. I think I commented here before to say that I thought declaring Islam worse than other religions was in part, "taking sides" in a fight that we shouldn't really be a part of.

That said, I think the arguements defending this project always beg the question.

Just because its a Moderate "non-mosque" opposed in some large part by prejudiced individuals and grandstanding politicians who don't have a legal basis for stopping the project, doesn't mean that it isn't in bad taste.

Which it is.

Wouldn't it be in bad taste to build a center to explore moderated American imperialism on the site of the battle of little bighorn. Or to moderated Catholicism next to a center that treats the victims of HIV-AIDS.

Someone should tell them that some Muslim fellows perped a terrible act right up the block. Maybe you can kick off the moderation PR campaign over in Jersey and work your way over to the sight of a horrendous crime done in the name of your religion.

Should it be built? No, not there. Are the people opposing it more interested in getting votes based on hightened racial tension, than actually protecting good taste? probably.