Sunday, August 15, 2010

Question about Raza and Fatah's question

Sarah Palin approvingly tweets a question from an article by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, critical of Park51. Here's the relevant passage from the article:
Do [Imam Rauf and his cohorts] not understand that building a mosque at Ground Zero is equivalent to permitting a Serbian Orthodox church near the killing fields of Srebrenica where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered?
I don't understand: are Raza and Fatah saying that the Serbian Orthodox Church should not be allowed to open any new churches within walking distance of Srebrenica or any of the surrounding villages where massacres took place, even if there still are Serbian Orthodox worshipers there, and even if the church is not intended as a provocation? Maybe they really are saying that. But I seriously doubt many of the people who cite them approvingly would agree with such sentiments. Wouldn't most of the same people attacking Park51 right now scream bloody murder about political correctness and hypocrisy if the Muslims in Srebrenica tried to prevent a new Orthodox church from being built there? Wouldn't they react with disgust to people who defended such a move because they thought that sensitivity to the feelings of Muslims was more important than religious freedom? And wouldn't they be correct in doing so?

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