Right Goes Nuts Over Ground Zero Mosque
Even though the Imam is a moderate who works with FBI
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2010 2:35 PM CDT
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, addresses a gathering of groups planning a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – Remember Tea Party honcho Mark Williams' “monkey god” outburst? Well he's not the only right-winger spewing flames over the proposed Muslim community center being built a few blocks from Ground Zero. The imam behind the center says it's designed to “bridge and heal a divide” and says fighting radicalism is his personal mission. “But in the nightmares of right-wingers, the project has transformed into something more like a shrine to the 9/11 terrorists,” writes Zachary Roth of Talking Points Memo.

Some of the oh-so-rational responses have included:

  • Today's Washington Times editorial, which called the center “an attempt to hijack the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.”
  • An Investor's Business Daily editorial declaring it a “monumental sign of weakness.”
  • Radio host Michael Berry's charming declaration that, “If you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up … and I mean that.”
  • A comment, cited anonymously in WorldNetDaily's article on the matter, that it "is not different than allowing the Nazis to establish their headquarters and propaganda office in NYC in 1938.”