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When will Park51 opponents denounce anti-mosque mania?

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week, while Greg Sargent is on vacation.

You'd think that opponents of an Islamic community center near Ground Zero who want to avoid accusations of Islamophobia might want to further their credibility by speaking out against the disturbing number of recent anti-Muslim incidents elsewhere in the country.

On Saturday, there was an attempted arson at the construction site of an Islamic center in Tennessee. There have been acts of anti-Islamic vandalism in California and Queens and protests against proposed mosques and community centers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky and California. Last week, a Muslim cabbie in New York was stabbed by a passenger who asked if he was Muslim. Meanwhile, a church in Florida is organizing a "Burn The Koran" day.

Yet Park51 opponents have been remarkably quiet about these incidents. Consider that Washington Post editorial writer Charles Krauthammer has written three columns on the New York mosquewithout mentioning any of the protests against mosques far from Ground Zero.

Why the silence? Either Park51 opponents don't care about the larger anti-Muslim backlash, or they don't want to be seen defending American Muslims in any context. Of course, the only way to sustain opposition to the Park51 project is by, on some level, holding all Muslims responsible for the acts of al-Qaeda, which is also the only rationale that supports opposing the construction of mosques anywhere in the United States. Arguing that opposition to Park51 has nothing to do with Islamophobia becomes harder once the larger anti-mosque backlash is taken into account.

By Adam Serwer  |  August 30, 2010; 11:09 AM ET

by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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RachaelMac
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Don't you know? Muslims want to Islamisize (sp?) America!!!

Really, when you look back at how this got to be such an issue and the people that started it, it's not surprising they're not speaking out against these hate crimes. Apparently, it's okay to hate Muslims now.

Aasiyah
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 11:30 AM

i don't think it has anything to do with isalmphobia.. they are not scared of isalm.. they just don't want to be seen as pushing it.  and rather go with the flow so when election time comes they dont' have to bite the muslim hater bullet..but many people know just who's who and who isnt' protecting thier rights or v oicing a logical voice.

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