AreAmericans bigots and racists?
I was once more listening to Rush Limaugh rant about plans to build the ‘ground O mosque’. An unlikely moment occurred though that confounded this bigot and racist. An intelligent caller managed to get past Rush’s screener and asked him why he was against the mosque being built when there was a mosque in the Pentagon.
Rush was silent for a few heartbeats, then said there was no mosque in the Pentagon, that it was a prayer center. But the caller came back with a knockout punch. Yes, he replied, but neither is the so called mosque a mosque. It is a community center containing a prayer center.
Rush went to a commercial . . .
"According to the new survey out Wednesday, nearly 70 percent of all Americans oppose the controversial plan to build the mosque just blocks away from the solemn site in lower Manhattan while just 29 percent favor the construction."
"Broken down by party affiliation, 54 percent of Democrats oppose the plans while 82 percent of Republicans disapprove. Meanwhile, 70 percent of independents said they are against the proposal."
"Plans to build the $100 million, 13-story 'Cordoba House' three blocks from the site of the attacks on September 11, 2001 have sparked an emotional debate throughout the city. The developer, Sharif El-Gamal, describes the project as an "Islamic community center" that will include a 500-seat performing arts center, a lecture hall, an exhibition space, a swimming pool, a gym, a culinary school, a restaurant and a prayer space for Muslims."
"This campaign [against Muslims] is nothing different than all of the standard, definitively bigoted efforts to hold entire demographic groups of people responsible for the aberrational acts of a small percentage of individual members." Glenn Greenwald, author.