The Ground Zero of intolerance

US right protest the construction of a Muslim community centre in New York

You may be forgiven, from watching the US media, that the biggest issue facing the nation is the opening of a Muslim community centre in lower Manhattan. The campaigners are saying that the “Ground Zero Mosque” is a deliberate offence to Americans, being built on what they describe as “hallowed ground” and a “sacred space”.

In reality, the community centre is not a mosque, although it will house a prayer room and it is some distance away from the site of the twin towers, destroyed in an al Qa...

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