Our friend Jack Hunter wrote an article entitled “Beyond the Mosque”, mine is called “Behind the Mosque”.
I agree with Dr. Thomas Fleming this has become a stupid debate, typical for the politics of the age. There are already mosques in New York City, some fairly close to “Ground Zero” and they have been there for a long while. Why aren’t they being protested? The reason this became an “issue” is because the imam of the proposed “Cordoba House”, who in the past was more than willing to be an Islamic government stooge during the Bush II Administration in order to earn praise by Laura Ingraham, has refused to condemn or attack Hamas. That got the neocons over at the New York Post all hot and bothered so they began a campaign attacking his plans to build the Cordoba House a few months ago and sure enough, politicians, doing the neocons’ bidding, began to attack it as well thinking they would ingratiate themselves with them and the “base”.
Nobody seemed to care before that there were mosques in New York City because, as Fleming says, it ceased being an entirely-American city by World War I and probably long before that. Actually, a more interesting debate concerns the building of a mosque in the Tennessee city Murfreesboro. Why would someone want to build a mosque all the way out there? Well apparently there’s a large Kurdish immigrant population (no thanks to our involvement in Iraq) in the Nashville metro area (in which Murfreesboro has been basically absorbed into) and they are Muslim and they need mosques to worship in as you would expect. And the little rooms in little buildings they were using before can’t fit this growing population. So they want bigger buildings and are buying up land to build them.
Now, you can zone against the building of such mosques but you would have to do so in a politics so brutal and raw that you virtually be prepared for the onslaught of opprobrium that will be heaped upon you. But doesn’t it strike you that we’re becoming like France, which believes it can solve its Muslim dilemma by regulating what Muslims wear instead dealing with the root problem of this whole matter: immigration. Preventing women from wearing burqas is not going to solve France’s problems with Muslims anymore that preventing mosques being built is going to lower the number of Muslims in the U.S.
The only way to deal with this problem is to deal with immigration. And rather than engage in another suicide mission to change the Constitution, perhaps the best way is to revisit the 1965 Immigration Act now that Ted Kennedy is no longer around to defend it. For it was this act that opened immigration venues to persons from Asia and Africa where the bulk of Muslims live. Restrict such quotas or eliminate them altogether, and we won’t have to worry about building new mosques in Murfreesboro, Tennessee or any place else.
Oh yes, a non-intervention foreign policy would help as well. Do you think it a coincidence that every place the U.S. military intervenes its residents find their way to American shores? I don’t.