Since when did the argument, "This should be banned because it's offensive and hurts our feelings!" start earning a place in any kind of rational discourse? Is sensitivity a prerequisite for freedom of expression?
Freedom is working when it is most "uncomfortable," and the U.S. Constitution is at its best when it's tremendously inconvenient. Don't confuse something being uncomfortable with something being unfair.
If Ground Zero is a hallowed site, then we must allow all religions to pay their respects there. Can the Republicans and the Tea Party members really be saying that Ground Zero is a hallowed Christian site?
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority just gave its blessing to a disturbing effort to tar the Cordoba Initiative by association with the 9/11 attacks, brought to you by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
Even if the newly released footage of Bin al shibh's interrogation in Morocco shows largely benign interrogations, we shouldn't forget that many of the videotapes that the CIA destroyed in 2005 documented serious abuse.
Let's face the fact: What does it mean to assert that a mosque "desecrates" hallowed ground? It means that the desecrating being done is by people who are evil, unclean. And that is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Six months after 9/11 on March 11, 2002 the created the color code threat system was created. Life in the United States has been Yellow ever since; we have altered our infrastructure to accept constant threat as normal.
Obama showed that the "Ground Zero mosque" argument is not a simple one, and in fact has two major segments. The first is whether or not the mosque "should be allowed" to be built. The second is whether it "should" be built.
When you throw religion, politics and a seminal tragic event in modern American history into a pot, it's going to get sticky, messy and potentially unpleasant. Such a cocktail requires a thoughtful discussion.
In just under seven minutes on AC360, Rev. Benham managed to deeply offend, disgrace and degrade the religion of Islam and all its 1.4 billion adherents -- many millions of whom live here in the United States, and of whom I am one.