Tempers are heating up in New York over plans to build a $100 million, 13-story, Islamic cultural center and mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero, to be inaugurated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
How we Americans choose to react to the planned Islamic center near Ground Zero will reveal who we are as a people. And the judgment of history will place us either in the company of villains like the Crusaders or noble heroes like Saladin.
The Muslim Cultural Center will be the greatest threat to the religious extremists who conducted the 9/11 attacks. The center will be a base from which to combat destructive ideologies -- not with bombs, but with better ideas and more successful programs.