Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (8/17/2010.1)

Here are some links about Park51, the "Ground Zero mosque" (which, of course, will actually be two blocks away from the "hallowed ground" of Ground Zero [future home of commercial office buildings and a shopping mall] and is more community center than mosque).

Not "...just a setback for religious tolerance and individual freedom; it's a setback for the fight against terrorism, which demands that the United States marginalize violent extremists, not embrace their narrative and worldview."

Photos of the "hallowed ground" the same distance from Ground Zero as Park51: "The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the city fabric."

"How the 'ground zero mosque' fear mongering began: A viciously anti-Muslim blogger, the New York Post and the right-wing media machine."

"This campaign is nothing different than all of the standard, definitively bigoted efforts to hold entire demographic groups of people responsible for the aberrational acts of a small percentage of individual members."

A cartoon that sums things up nicely: Overcompensating.

And Jon Stewart.

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