An article in the July 20th Christian Science Monitor discusses the open (and growing) hostility against Islamic mosques being built in New York, California and Tennessee and states that this “raises questions about the state of religious tolerance in post-9/11 America.”
Religious tolerance is not the issue here — this is plainly and simply a rebellion against Islam.
To the average American, until September 11th in 2001, Islam was considered just another strange religion and really not that strange, just different. Islamic mosques were just other kinds of churches and the attitude was: if it’s a church it can’t be all that bad.
Then 9-11 rolled around and everyone began getting educated about Islam; they learned that by American standards Islam is a brutal and uncivilized religion — something antithetical to the American way of life. Then the American people saw what was going on in Iraq and realized that these people thought nothing about killing large groups of people — their own people no less — all in the name of their religion.
Now, to the average American (hard-working, mostly religious people who only knew what they read in the daily paper and what they saw on TV news) these mosques that dotted the American landscape became more than churches, they became monuments to the evil they witnessed every day on TV and even suspected meeting places for these brutal mass murderers to plan another attack on America — perhaps right there in their own towns.
Then plans were announced for a mosque right next to the site we called “Ground Zero” and that slap on the face of the American people, and especially the people who lost loved ones and friends in the World Trade Center, began the rebellion in earnest.
No this mosque rebellion is not about our sudden lack of religious tolerance; its about our sudden lack of tolerance for this one religion — this strange, brutal, anti-American-values religion called Islam.