Dick Cavett of all people (where’s he been lately?) has written an op-ed on the NY Times about the whole WTC non-mosque outrage currently sweeping New York City. He pretty much sums up what the rest of us are feeling: being completely floored by these people who try to rationalize their racist, contradictory opinions, these bigots who claim to be fighting for freedom of speech and religion while fighting to deny others those exact same rights. Out of one side of their mouth comes “I love Muslims and they’re welcome to worship as they please!”, while out the other side comes “Muslmins are terrorists and I don’t want this terror-cell mosque near this sacred site!”
A woman tells the news guy on the street, “I have absolutely no prejudice against the Muslim people. My cousin is married to one. I just don’t see why they have to be here.” A man complains that his opposition to the mosque is “painting me like I hate the whole Arab world.” (Perhaps he dislikes them all as individuals?)
I remain amazed and really, sincerely, want to understand this. What can it be that is faulty in so many people’s thought processes, their ethics, their education, their experience of life, their understanding of their country, their what-have-you that blinds them to the fact that you can’t simultaneously maintain that you have nothing against members of any religion but are willing to penalize members of this one? Can you help me with this?
Do these people ever stop and listen to themselves? Apparently not. The Bill of Rights applies to all Americans, not just the white Christian ones. Get over it!