The article by Steven and Cokie Roberts is a prima facie example of the deceit, demagoguery and denial practiced by the lame-stream media.
They are politicizing a non-political issue by demonizing Republicans -- with a little help from a "cowering" Democrat like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- by citing them as racist, fear-mongering Islamaphobes. Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean and many congressional Democrats have opposed the Ground Zero Mosque. Are they cowering Democrats? President Obama amended his initial support by stating that he would not comment on the wisdom of the site. I suppose that makes him a cowering Democrat, too.
The Ground Zero Mosque is not a political issue, nor is there any conspiracy to deny Muslims -- or anyone else -- their constitutional right to religious freedom. There are hundreds of mosques in New York City, and thousands across the United States. The real issue is one of human decency.
The Roberts are pathetically naive when they say that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is "an outspoken foe of terrorism." Imam Rauf, who is currently on tour at American taxpayer expense as President Obama's emissary of goodwill to the Muslim nations, is a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, has said that America is to blame for 9/11, has said that America has more innocent blood on its hands than al-Qaeda, and has compared Muslim Sharia Law to the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
If the Roberts sincerely want to find a Muslim who condemns terrorism, I suggest they look to M. Zuhdi Jasser, the Muslim president of the Ameircan Islamic Forum for Democracy. Here's what Jasser had to say, "The construction of a mosque near Ground Zero will be seen in the Muslim world as a victory for Islamic extremist terrorism." Jasser also questions the source of funding for the estimated cost of $100 million. He said, "That's what I want to know. Nobody knows ... It is absurd that they cannot identify groups that use terrorism. That is why the money is so important, because the ideas and teachings of a mosque can be greatly influenced by those who are footing the bill."
Those building the mosque have no interest in healing the wounds of 9/11. All they want to do is to rub salt in them.