Everyone is weighing in on the topic of the community centre (that people keep calling a mosque) in what used to be a Burlington Coat Factory by the strip clubs in Lower Manhattan.
A friend wrote a comment in a thread on a Facebook page, and it is haunting me. It was along the lines of: America never has been a tolerant country. It only pretends to be.
One of our core beliefs as Americans is that we do not persecute. We are the good guys!
But then I came across this excellent photo essay in Time:
A Brief History of Intolerance in America
America has a history of intolerance. Over the course of its history, America has persecuted Jews, Catholics, Chinese, Japanese, Native Americans, and African Americans.
We can't let this small, ugly side of America to represent us all. We need to stand up and speak out. A bad economy doesn't make it OK to project our fears on a scapegoat. The First Amendment isn't up for a vote.
America's "problem" with Muslims has been manufactured by the corporate oligarchy to keep us fighting among ourselves.
Meanwhile, they keep screwing us so the rich can get richer. I really don't know how we stand it.