• New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof:
“Why do so many Republicans find strip clubs appropriate for the ground zero neighborhood but object to a house of worship?”
“[They] are cynically turning the Islamic center into a nationwide issue in hopes of votes. . . . They’re just like the Saudi officials who ban churches, and even confiscate Bibles, out of sensitivity to local feelings.”
“Today’s crusaders against the Islamic community center are promoting a similar paranoid intolerance.”
• Keith Olbermann, MSNBC:
“[The] country has begun to run on a horrible fuel of hatred — magnified, amplified, multiplied, by politicians and zealots, within government and without.”
• New York Times
columnist Frank Rich:
“This month’s incessant and indiscriminate orgy of Muslim-bashing.”
“So virulent is the Islamophobic hysteria of the neocon and Fox News right — abetted by the useful idiocy of the Anti-Defamation League . . . ”
“The ginned-up rage over the ‘ground zero mosque’ [was motivated] by the potential short-term rewards of winning votes by pandering to fear during an election season.”
“[It started with] a New York Post jihad.”
“The Islamophobia command center, Murdoch’s News Corporation.”
Why does the Left attribute only nefarious motives to those who believe that the Islamic center does not belong near Ground Zero?
Because leftism holds these beliefs:
1. Those who hold leftist positions are, by definition, better people than their opponents.
2. Those who hold leftist positions have, by definition, pure motives; therefore, the motives of their opponents must be impure.
I conclude with this: I believe that a wiser man than the present imam would have decided to avoid precisely what he has inspired — intense division in America — and would have immediately retracted his decision to erect an Islamic center and mosque right by the slaughterhouse of 9/11, which happened to have been caused by his co-religionists.
But I also believe that there are good arguments and good people on both sides of this issue.
I can say that, however, for one reason.
I am not on the left.
– Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. He may be contacted through his website, dennisprager.com.