Here is an exceptionally insightful column on the Ground Zero/Muslim mosque/cultural center controversy in today’s New York Times. The last two paragraphs are worth reading very slowly.
Update: I am hearing different voices about the mosque in Manhattan–the builder is a moderate, no he’s a radical; there are already mosques in lower Manhattan, so what’s the big deal?; if we don’t let them build it then the terrorists win, for they will have changed us; if we let them build it then the terrorists win, for they will be using our liberality to destroy us from the inside. That last point was made by a couple of Canadian Muslims, in their interesting article on what is really going on here.
Update 2: The editorials keep coming. Here’s another one from the Wall Street Journal that is worth reading.
Update 3: I guess I am now officially collecting provocative articles on Islam, secularism, and Ground Zero. This one might be the best so far.