. . ."Given the political right's hate-filled and hysterical response to all things Muslim, one has to ask whether American Muslims face a future in which they will no longer be treated as equal citizens," counters Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"The best example of the right's campaign to deprive American Muslims of the civil liberties enjoyed by citizens of other faiths is the neo-McCarthy-ite response to a planned Islamic cultural center in New York City," Mr. Hooper says, citing as examples Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, New York gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio and security analyst Frank Gaffney.
"Why is all this bigotry and hatred being employed to stop the construction of a community center that will house recreational and banquet facilities, meeting rooms, an auditorium - and yes, a prayer space for Muslims and people of other faiths?" he asks. (More)