Earlier this week, we delved into the growing anti-Muslim sentiment from conservatives — often taking the form of outraged opposition to the construction of new mosques and Islamic cultural centers around the country.
We offered three examples — the vitriol aimed cultural centers set to be built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Riverside County, California, and, of course, New York City — to show that the real problem conservatives have with new buildings for Muslims to worship in isn’t their proximity Ground Zero, but the very idea of new mosques themselves.
In the following days, reader emails poured in offering more examples of anti-mosque protests in all corners of the country. What’s particularly interesting is it’s not just new mosque construction that angers the right — even the idea of Muslims reusing existing, non-mosque-looking buildings seems to be a step too far for many Americans . . .
Act for America is labeled a “hate group” by CAIR, the Muslim civil rights group. CAIR calls the the head of Act For America, Brigitte Gabriel, an “extremist” and “anti-Islam.” On AFA’s website, the group says it was “created to provide American citizens a means to be a collective voice for the democratic values of Western Civilization, such as the celebration of life and liberty, as opposed to the authoritarian values of Islamofascism, such as the celebration of death, terror and tyranny.” (More)