Amy Goodman: Mosque-Issippi Burning - Truthdig: "There is another hole that needs to be filled, namely, the absence of people in the U.S. in leadership positions in every walk of life, of every political stripe, speaking out for freedom of religion and against racism. As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Does anyone seriously say that there shouldn’t be a Christian church near the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, just because Timothy McVeigh was a Christian?
People who are against hate are not a fringe minority, not even a silent majority, but are a silenced majority. They are silenced by the chattering classes, who are driving this debate throughout the media.
Hate breeds violence. Marginalizing an entire population, an entire religion, is not good for our country. It endangers Muslims within America, and provokes animosity toward America around the world.
Mr Paterson, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election and leaves office at the end of this year, means to defuse a controversy that has abruptly taken over political conversation in the US and threatens to linger as a highly polarising issue in the run-up to midterm congressional elections in November.
A spokesman confirmed that the Governor, who has already expressed his view that the centre should be moved away from the 9/11 site, is hoping for talks. 'We are working with the developers on a staff level,' said Morgan Hook. 'However, we expect to have a meeting scheduled in the near future.'