Here's Andrew McCarthy discussing the building of a Muslim community center near Ground Zero:
There are 2300 mosques at least in the United States, by contrast, in mecca and medina, there are not only no Christian churches, no synagogues, there are no non-Muslims, they’re closed cities. It would be a monument to intolerance on sacred ground.
Two things: First, the conservative version of "tolerance" is arguing that a group of Americans should be prohibited from building a place of worship on a particular piece of land because they happen to be Muslim.
Second, tentatively accepting McCarthy's odious premise that all Muslims can be associated with terrorism, I can't think of a more perfect mission statement for the torture wing of the GOP: Islamic extremists are monsters. We should be more like them.
-- A. Serwer