Oct 272010

Islamophobia in the Heartland

By Wesley Houp

With all the controversy over the proposed mosque at ground-zero in lower Manhattan, one is tempted to ask whose vision of America is closer to the American Experience, particularly as it concerns our views toward religion: the vision of those who preach tolerance and plurality and pin their supportive arguments on the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, or the vision of those who would, in this case, deny Islam even religious status and choose instead to recast the faith as a political ideology, a “cult” that seeks to establish “training centers” across America and impose Shariah or Redda law on every red-blooded, freedom-loving Dick and Jane in the land? Continue reading »