My distaste for the opposition for the House still stands; nevertheless, I had a few problems with the editorial. It begins:
In the past nine years, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have been invoked, distorted, and exploited to serve a variety of political and ideological agendas. But no such effort has been quite as shameful as the current campaign against the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.Emphasis mine.
:et's catalog some of the agendas that the 9/11 attacks have been invoked to support:
- The war in Afghanistan, which continues without a clear path to victory, or even an idea of what "victory" might mean.
- The war in Iraq, which we are just now getting out of, and required us to defy the United Nations and sully world opinion.
- The adoption of torture, or "enhanced interrogation techniques."
- Various civil liberties erosions
How I wish the most shameful effort that 9/11 is used to prop up is an effort to move an Islamic Center a little further away from Ground Zero!
It's possible that it represents the clearest departure from our country's founding principles, but I find torture and preemptive war more shameful than property decisions.
The editorial goes into familiar territory (with which I concur, absent the eagerness to brand opponents as bigots), and concludes with a desire for Archbishop Dolan to be more active in support of the project.
Now, this is the same publication that will issue editorials expressing grave concerns everytime a bishop so much as wrinkles an eyebrow at a pro-choice publication. My understanding of Abp. Dolan's position is that he affirms the rights of the Center to be built, and would like to help mediate a resolution that is satisfactory to all parties. Which seems quite similar to Commonweal's preferred disposition for bishops on abortion. But that's just the legally licensed killing of innocent babies, not something as fundamental as the most prudent use of lower Manhattan real estate. On the Cordoba House, unity!
Anyway, maybe I shouldn't begrudge them their home run trot slamming this fat pitch into the seats. And there are those who have opposed the project who deserve to be called out for it.
But it seems that Jon Stewart is doing a decent job of that, so it may be time to move on to a more challenging mission.
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