There have been some vague attempts to justify landmarking the building slated for the construction of the Islamic Center near Ground Zero on the grounds that the building itself was hit by debris from 9/11, but an ad Ben Smith reports was rejected by NBC and CBS doesn't even try to pretend that they aren't opposing it because of religion:
"On September 11, they declared war against us," says the narrator. "And to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at Ground Zero."
A CBS official, Marty Daly, also rejected the ad, according to emails shared by NRT PAC executive director Scott Wheeler.
"They have very selective standards – they’ll run anything MoveOn.org throws out there," said Wheeler, also citing a controversial 2004 NAACP ad invoking the slain James Byrd.
The word "they," he said, "is a reference to the people who are putting up the money with the intent of provoking us."
Because running an ad encouraging the passage of hate-crimes legislation is the same thing as running an ad suggesting all Muslims support terrorism.