This post originally appeared on the Jewish Chronicle
Daisy Khan, the wife of the imam behind the “9/11 Mosque”, has compared the opposition to the plan to antisemitism. She’s absolutely right.
When I visited Washington last year, what struck me was America’s passionate belief in the constitutionally-affirmed right to freedom of speech.
Americans everywhere talk proudly of an ideology of tolerance, or refer to President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech in which freedom of religion was proposed as a fundamental right. Where is that freedom now?
The logic is that it is hugely insensitive to build a mosque at the site of the worst peacetime attack on America in decades. Essentially: the World Trade Centre terrorists were Muslim, ergo doing something good for Muslims is an insult to the victims.
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