In the Arena

Build the Mosque

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It seems to me that Rod Dreher is quite wrong in opposing the plans to build a mosque on the site of the World Trade Center in New York. It is precisely the right thing to do. It signals American strength and freedom, our national celebration of ethnic and religious diversity. It is an instant, international symbol that mocks the closed, vicious religious insanity of the terrorists who took the buildings down. Dreher worries about the families of those who lost their lives that day; I would expect that they will accept this, among the many other memorials on the site, as part of their loved ones’ legacy–a renewed national sense of what this country stands for, and what it stands against.