Posted by Brad @ 3:08 pm on August 18th 2010

The Terrorists Do NOT Win

Sharif El-Gamal, the developer of Park51, stands firm on plans for the community center at the site of the ruins of the Burlington Coat Factory. Watch the interview, and cheer for the guy (semi-sleazy NYC real estate developer that he is—God bless America).

Glenn Greenwald, who passed the interview along, also has a very good New York Times column on the subject, which begins simply, accurately, and devastatingly:

It is difficult to believe that America is having a debate over whether to impose, in essence, a Muslim-free zone near ground zero.

It is strange to me that, of all people, Michael Bloomberg and a group of lower Manhattan muslims appear to be the only people in the country willing to stand up for the values that ostensibly make this country great and contrast us most sharply with the sort of religiously-intolerant states that the handful of Islamic extremists we are fighting against wish upon the world, but here we are.

I am literally at the point now where I—a Catholic from Kansas—am considering a donation to a for-profit mosque in lower Manhattan. But here, indeed, we are.

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  1. Makes me wish there were a Republican Muslim blog out there we could link to as a show of support.

    Comment by Rojas — 8/18/2010 @ 3:59 pm

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