OK, just to be clear, and just to get the basics out of the way, no it is not a mosque.
It is a swimming pool, meeting room, game room, community center and more, with a prayer room. No matter what you have read elsewhere, it is NOT a mosque.
Second, it’s not at the 9-11 site in NYC. Not even all that close. Two city blocks. NYC blocks are smaller than Utah blocks, but still two blocks is two blocks. If I know downtown NYC, there are the usual number of bars, book stores, shops, strip joints and who knows what else, between it and the sacred 9-11 site.
Finally, and most important, all the screaming and yelling and calling muslims nazis (thanks Newt Gingrich!) and comparing New York to Mecca (Thanks Newt again) and general idiocy (Newt and a whole lot more) are really playing into the hands of the terrorists.
No, seriously. Muslim extremists say Americans hate all Muslims, not just the extremists, so, given the opportunity to show they are wrong, that we do respect Muslims who aren’t terrorists, what do we do?
Start an orgy of hate against all Muslims.
Don’t take my word for it. The FBI interrigator who was most successful getting information from terrorists, who probably knows their thinking best, says so. Read about it here: (click)
This joins a bevy of conservative commentators who have said the screaming about this building (NOT a mosque!) is unAmerican and simply wrong.
ps– a friend below posted a link to some of the other businesses also 2 blocks from Ground Zero. The Off Track betting parlor is a nice touch, and yes, there is a strip joint.