As a result, the feelings of Muslims around the world are hurt.
Do they feel disliked enough to stop emigrating to America? One can hope, but some come with the intention of spreading their authoritarian religion as part of the worldwide caliphate.
New York mosque controversy worries Muslims overseas, Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2010Itâ€™s a relief to get around to discussing serious issues. What civilized person wouldnâ€™t reject a belief system that executes gay people and treats women like property? Islam dismisses foundational values of Western civilization, including individual rights, constitutional government and free speech.
The heated debate across America over construction of the so-called ground zero mosque is reverberating across the globe, with the potential of creating a worldwide black eye for the United States.
Many Muslims abroad are miffed by the stateside debate, largely conducted by non-Muslims, that has grown so loud as to become a topic of discussion on talk shows and newspapers from Bali to Bahrain, from Baghdad to Berlin. The proposed Cordoba House has become a symbol of Americaâ€™s fraught relations with the worldâ€™s 1.5 billion Muslims.
â€?Rejecting this has become like rejecting Islam itself,â€? said Ahmad Moussalli, a professor of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. â€?The United States has historically been distinguished by its tolerance, whereas Europe, France, Belgium and Holland have been among those who have rejected the symbolism of Islam. Embracing it will be positively viewed in the Islamic world.â€?
Accepting evil adorned with a religious veneer is not tolerance; it is suicidal stupidity. As Dutch leader Geert Wilders has emphasized, â€?Islam is not compatible with our Western way of life. Islam is a threat to Western values.â€?
Because of Islamâ€™s rejection of Geert Wildersâ€™ free speech rights, he has 24/7 security to guard his safety.