A day after Feisal Abdul Rauf penned a Times op-ed explaining his reasoning and vision for the Islamic community center, Rudy Giuliani has published an op-ed of his own in the Daily News explaining his opposition. At least, that's what we assumed his position would be, based on his prior remarks on the subject, as well as the title of the piece, "Yes to tolerance, no to mosque." But then we started reading.
Soon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it became clear that the terrorists were Islamic extremists. On 9/11, and in the days immediately following, I reminded New Yorkers not to direct their anger against any particular religion or nationality. At a press conference on Sept. 12, I told people, "Nobody should attack anybody else. That's what we're dealing with right now. We are dealing with insanity, with sick hatred." ....
I said it then and I'll repeat it today, nine years later - Americans are at our best when we do not allow the acts of a few to prejudice our opinion about the many.
Oh my God. It's happening. Rudy Giuliani is about to declare his support for the community center. He's going to say that, just like after 9/11, we can't lump all Muslims in with a small minority of Muslim terrorists. And if all Muslims aren't to blame for 9/11, then why should an Islamic community center near ground zero be insulting? We knew you had it in you, Rudy. (Not really; we're pretty surprised.) Okay, stay calm.
Many have expressed misgivings and even fear about locating a mosque so close to the site where thousands of Americans were slaughtered by Islamic extremists.
Here it comes ...
The vast majority with legitimate concerns — including me — should not be automatically lumped in with the small minority who hmosqueave [have?] expressed more strident opinions about the mosque and about Islam in general. They have as legitimate a right to oppose the mosque as others have to support it.
There it is! Wait don't automatically lump in the legitimately concerned mosque critics with the small minority who simply hate Muslims? That's the lumping you're worried about? But, but you were just saying about the Muslims ... doesn't the same principle apply ... if you're against lumping ... eh, forget it.