Demonization and the Ground Zero Mosque
For the Left, their opponents can never have decent motives.


Dennis Prager

• Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York (in a column titled “America Has Disgraced Itself”):

“In today’s GOP, even bigotry doesn’t spare you from bigotry.”

“GOP leaders call them [those building the mosque] terrorists because they don’t share Benjamin Netanyahu’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“And oh yes, my fellow Jews, who are so thrilled to be locked arm in arm with the heirs of Pat Robertson and Father Coughlin against the Islamic threat.”

And in a Politico column titled “Decency Lost”:

“Republicans are clawing over each other to demonize Muslims.”

• Allison Kilkenny, Huffington Post:

“This mock piety is really a cover for Islamophobia.”

“Indeed, America is extremely hostile – not only to Islam – but to anyone who gives off the air of being exotic, or different.”

“Xenophobia is really a convenient cover for a deeper bigotry.”

• James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, Huffington Post:

“Shame. Your bigoted appeals to fear and intolerance disgrace us all and put our country at risk in the world.”

• Michael Hughes, Huffington Post:

“Even more hideous is the way in which these bigots try to hide their overt prejudice in the emotional guise of love and caring, purportedly because they believe we must be ‘sensitive’ to the families of the victims of 9/11.”

• New York Times editorial:

“Republican ideologues, predictably . . . spew more of their intolerant rhetoric.”

“The country ignores such cynicism and ugliness at its own peril.”

“Too many Republican leaders are determined to whip up as much false controversy and anguish as they can.”