On the flip side, that significance is purely symbolic. And while symbols can be powerful and I'm not saying this one wouldn't be ... it's still just a symbol.
Ultimately, of course, this is not about rights -- that is, I haven't seen any major player on the so-called "right" couch this in terms of whether or not they have a right to build what they want to on private property. Not Palin. Certainly not Beck. Can't think of a single thing I've heard that says that the government should stop them from building it there. I've heard it couched in terms of "should", what it probably means, and general displeasure. All of which it is perfectly legitimate to discuss.
I have heard calls for sensitivity and for Muslims to recognize what this looks like, whether it's true or not, and to reconsider and build it somewhere else. But from listening to the Left, one would think that because many on the right vocally oppose it, that they think the Government should step in and do something about it. You can bet your bippie that if the roles were reversed -- if radicalized Christians had murdered a bunch of people from a predominantly Muslim culture and then some Christians wanted to build a Christian Cultural Center right there, the howls from the Left would be deafening and many of them would expect the government to step in and stop it and come up with some rationalized excuse about affirmative action or "hate speech" or "cultural sensitivity" that sympathetic judging demands we bow to. But that's not what's happening.
One thing that concerns me is that, in the name of tolerance, the Western World is the side that ends up doing all of the bending and compromising. And the Muslim world sees that as evidence of the work and will of Allah, thus proving the superiority of their worldview. Tolerance is a feature of Western Culture (and a lot of Eastern Culture as well). But it is also a weakness when it comes to ideas and cultures hostile to them that demand concessions over, and over, and over, and over .... it ultimately will lead to the downfall of civilizations which practice it blindly.
One of the craziest things I've heard was a question from Her Highness Pelosi about who is funding the opposition to the mosque. Fortunately, few if any are taking her seriously. I think it does betray a general tendency on the left to assume that if any position they disagree with gets too popular, it must be because sinister greedy cigar-smoking fat-cat haters in the Republican Party are behind it.
So, yeah. Actually, Pelosi is right about this part. It is a local zoning issue in New York City. Do I mind if it ends up costing the Democrats seats? Honestly? No. Would the Democrats seize on a similar opportunity to cast Republicans in a bad light? Absolutely. They have before and they will again. It's an unfortunate fact that we as a culture have gotten away from our principles and the court of public opinion is now more subject to emotion and shallow arguments than to reflection and the standards of the Constitution and the spirit in which it was written. And I'd like to see us get back to the latter. But we need time. If the Mosque flap buys us time.... frankly... yay. I don't want to see dishonesty about it, but ... we need time. Because Pelosi's right about another thing.
" .... as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City."We are going into yet another election about the future of our country, and I am opposed to what her side, the side with the majority of the power, has been, is, and intends to continue ... doing to drag the country into a future of larger government, less liberty, and less prosperity.