9/11 Now America's 'Day of Hate'

The post 9/11 push for solidarity is gone
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2010 5:04 AM CDT
A woman protests plans to build a Muslim cultural centre near Ground Zero.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – September 11th was once a day of remembrance. No more. The anniversary of the worst terror attacks in American history is now a day of "fighting and political battles," writes Gregor Peter Schmitz in Der Spiegel. The battle over the so-called Ground Zero mosque, plans to publicly burn copies of the Koran, and right-wingers Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's $100-plus-a-head party to "celebrate America" on September 11 all speak to this change.

The tone of solidarity that reigned after 9/11 is long gone, Schmitz notes. Instead, there is a political climate "with no room for nuance" led by the "ultra conservative" Tea Party movement, he writes. Their goal, Schmitz says, "is to return the country to the ideas of its white and mostly Christian founders." America may have just celebrated the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, but "the war at home may be just beginning," he adds.

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