It has been said that liberty is a political good that's easier to win than to maintain; easier to unlearn than to learn. To judge by events of the last three months, we have gone a long way toward unlearning the habits of religious freedom.
The political imbroglio over the Cordoba Initiative in New York is not about the mosque. It's about the overwhelming impulse to be elected or re-elected to the detriment of all else in the public interest.
Efforts to prohibit the construction of Islamic centers and mosques undermine American principles and move us closer to a Europe where restrictions on religious liberty are the most common means of "dealing" with Islam.