Right Goes Nuts Over Ground Zero Mosque

Even though the Imam is a moderate who works with FBI
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2010 2:35 PM CDT
Right Goes Nuts Over Ground Zero Mosque
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, addresses a gathering of groups planning a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Remember Tea Party honcho Mark Williams' “monkey god” outburst? Well he's not the only right-winger spewing flames over the proposed Muslim community center being built a few blocks from Ground Zero. The imam behind the center says it's designed to “bridge and heal a divide” and says fighting radicalism is his personal mission. “But in the nightmares of right-wingers, the project has transformed into something more like a shrine to the 9/11 terrorists,” writes Zachary Roth of Talking Points Memo.

Some of the oh-so-rational responses have included:

  • Today's Washington Times editorial, which called the center “an attempt to hijack the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.”
  • An Investor's Business Daily editorial declaring it a “monumental sign of weakness.”
  • Radio host Michael Berry's charming declaration that, “If you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up … and I mean that.”
  • A comment, cited anonymously in WorldNetDaily's article on the matter, that it "is not different than allowing the Nazis to establish their headquarters and propaganda office in NYC in 1938.”
(Read more mosque stories.)

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