To make the Ground Zero mosque a test of whether one supports religious freedom or is stereotyping Muslims is to engage in demagoguery. The ADL's position has been deeply misunderstood and mischaracterized.
As a Marine that has deployed through out the Middle East, I have worked, trained, and broken bread with Muslims. I can't stand by while they're accused of being guilty by association of one's religion and therefore discriminated against.
It's a wonderful thing to see Muslims wear their patriotism on their sleeve and demonstrate the deep love for their country. But the event also is turning into a religious war spurred by fringe groups.
Ultimately, I don't believe the sermons given at the mosque in Morgantown represent anything more or less dangerous than those I heard in my church. They reflect the universal fare of conservative religion.
El-Wakil is considered one of the most prominent proponents of contemporary Islamic architecture, making him a stimulating choice for the Driehaus Prize, which has thus far gone only to Western architects.