Does Obama's hedging show a lack of ethical convictions? Does Hamas' endorsement change the debate? What is behind public opposition to the site? Can you believe in religious freedom but not believe the mosque is appropriate?
Elizabeth Tenety on August 16, 2010 1:00 PM
People are in a shadow zone right now, worried about terrorists, suspicious of Islam despite their best intentions, and jumpy about the Muslims among us who are doing nothing more dangerous than seeking a place to worship in their own way.
Posted by Deepak Chopra, on August 18, 2010 12:37 PM
Many of the recent statements that affirm religious freedom, while questioning the "wisdom" and "appropriateness" of this project, ring hollow. The burden of ensuring that all enjoy religious freedom equally falls to all of us.
Posted by J. Brent Walker, on August 17, 2010 4:22 PM
Islam did not attack the United States on September 11, 2001. Criminals attacked this nation. To ask every Muslim from this moment forward to prove their loyalty to the Untied States, to prove they have never been associated with someone who has said or done something offensive, and or to prove that every dollar that goes into a building project did not come from some source that the wider society does not approve is unfair.
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon, on August 17, 2010 1:17 PM
More than a stone monument in honor of those who died, this initiative, perfectly located near Ground Zero, can be a living memorial for human beings from many faith traditions who gather to do the hard work of deep engagement, appreciating difference, finding common ground and acting upon shared goals.
Posted by Katharine Henderson, on August 17, 2010 11:01 AM
Christians frequently have a responsibility to remind the Powers of their responsibility to uphold their own best principles. Now is such a time. And faithfulness to that responsibility is never defined by popular vote.
Posted by Gene Davenport, on August 16, 2010 8:40 PM
The forces behind the opposition to the community center - forces largely politicized in nature, whether from the Tea Party faction, Anti-Defamation League spokespersons, Republicans smelling blood in the water, Democrats smelling defeat in November, or the merely bigoted and intolerant - represent a threat to more than a little domestic tranquility.
If Muslims choose to build near Ground Zero, they should be allowed to do so. The reaction of the majority of the American public demonstrates that doing so is not wise in the short-term, but it is up to the funders of the Islamic center to decide if the immediate public relations disaster is worth it.
Posted by John Mark Reynolds, on August 16, 2010 7:28 PM