U.S. President Barack Obama has now spoken out in support of Cordoba House, the planned Islamic community center located two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City. But while Obama strongly affirmed the religious freedom of those behind the Cordoba Initiative, he offered no opinion on whether or not a mosque so near the site of the deadliest act of Islamic terrorism in history was appropriate. Leaving aside the Cordoba Initiative’s legal right to build at the chosen site, are there any legitimate objections to the so-called “Ground Zero mosque?” Steve just will not let up with this “Ground Zero mosque” stuff. Since I, as an inanimate toy made to resemble an adorable canine, am the epitome of a captive audience, I’ve had a lot of time these last few weeks to think on the issue. And I have a question for you guys who are against this mosque project:
Aren’t you worried about the slippery slope?
You all know what I’m talking about, right? Whenever right-wing types don’t have an actual basis for their argument, they claim that the whole world will fall apart unless they get to have things their way. So whenever there’s a push (like right now) to legalize same-sex marriages, the conservatives and the fundamentalist Christians start jumping up and down and carrying on about how letting gay people marry each other puts us on a slippery slope.
We let two men marry each other, they say, and before long people will want to marry their dogs, their hanging plants, their cars. We’ll have threesomes, foursomes, entire rowing teams all wanting to marry each other! It’ll be the end of civilization!
It’s a really, really stupid, hysterical argument. But crazy right-wingers seem to love it. So why are so many of them so hot to scrap this mosque? Don’t they see that could be a slippery slope, too?
Even the mosque’s most strident protesters have been forced to admit that there is nothing legally that can be done to stop the Cordoba House from being built. It’s a nifty idea called religious freedom, one of the founding principles of this country. Right-wingers are all for it when it shields nut-job Christians from public censorship. But let some Mohammedans try and built one o’ them A-rab churches at a spot they don’t like — and watch out!
One of the leaders of the crazy-right American Family Association wrote this week that no more mosques — from any Islamic denomination, no matter how peaceful and moderate — should be permitted in the U.S. He also compares Muslims — again, that’s all Muslims, everywhere — to the Christian militia group Hutaree. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think those guys were arrested for actively plotting acts of terrorism, not building churches.)
So, sure, let’s revoke the religious freedom of Muslims because some of us don’t trust their motives for building so close to Ground Zero. But what happens once that precedent is set? What if the president signs a law legalizing gay marriage and ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military, and those Westboro Baptist fruitcakes hijack a plane and crash it into the White House, chanting Leviticus 18:22 all the way down? There might be a whole bunch of pissed off secular liberals who demand that we ban new churches from now on. How could any of the mosque protesters argue against them? (Honestly, I mean. I’m sure they’d argue against banning churches, even after arguing for banning mosques — they do love their flagrant hypocrisy!)
I don’t think there are any good arguments against the Ground Zero mosque, but the slippery slope argument sounds like a good one for it. Too bad the conservative wing-nuts are missing out.
[Note: Toby Benson is on vacation all week. Filling in for him in this edition of Dog vs. Dog is Millicent Jaclyn London. —Steve]
Helloooooo, everyone! I’m so happy to be with you all again! I hope you’re all having just as lovely a day as I am. But I know you probably aren’t — because most of you aren’t huskies!
Now, what am I supposed to talk about? . . .
An Islam church at Ground Zero? Well of course they shouldn’t build it! Don’t those Islams have enough of those things? I bet there’s one in New York City already — I mean, how many do they need?
Ugh! If only you could hear how Steven has been going on and on and on about this! For like a month! I thought he was a heathen. Why does he even care? I think it’s awfully fishy that he gets this excited about letting the Islams build their church, but he has never shown the least little bit of support whenever my fellow huskies and I have tried to get Houses of Husko built, so we can spread the good news to all of you lesser species.
And he calls other people bigoted . . .