When we signed up for service, we swore to uphold the Constitution. Some have tried to claim that the construction of the community center at its currently planned site is "anti-America." We don't believe that to the be case, at all.
John Kerry made a fatal error in ignoring the swiftboaters one hot August election year. President Barack Obama is making the same error; it may not lead to a catastrophe, but it's certainly making things interesting.
That Jews and Arabs share a culture is a fact that stands in stark contrast with the idea that there is a primordial rupture between the peoples that has fed the endemic and corrosive violence that now permeates the region.
It's easy to say that the people behind the Park51 mosque and community center should have simply placed their center farther away to avoid giving offense, but it's hard to guess how far away would be safe.
Religious faith is too important to become a political punching bag. One does not have to like or even respect Islam to believe its practitioners have the right to build a worship center wherever they wish.
I refer to those who oppose building the mosque at Ground Zero as holding an un-American position because the First Amendment stands in their way, yet they still seek the path of the emotional short cut.