Rauf presents his planned edifice as a sort of crossroads among Islam, Christianity and Judaism. And he’s a sensitive kind of guy: “I am very sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11, as are my fellow leaders of many faiths. We will accordingly seek the support of those families, and the support of our vibrant neighborhood, as we consider the ultimate plans for the community center. Our objective has always been to make this a center for unification and healing.”
But in Rauf’s absence we have largely unified around the proposition that the mosque doesn’t belong there. And the healing will begin when Rauf abandons the project. Looking on the bright side, Daniel Pipes thinks that Rauf may have roused us from our slumbers
The reformers’ slim chance at prevailing hinges on the American people’s will to say “no” to our self-anointed betters. Ground Zero, once again the site of epic Islamist overreach, may be remembered as the place where we started to say “no.”
As of last Friday, 67% of NYC Residents Oppose Ground Zero Mosque According to NYT Poll.