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The so-called ‘Ground Zero Mosque,’ and my letter to the Catholic Archdiocese of OKC

The furor surrounding Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (not at Ground Zero, not a mosque, etc.), shows no sign of abating.  Even some of my liberal acquaintances are joining in the game of religious intolerance, and playing games with the aspirations and lives of American Muslims.  I won’t spend any time refuting the Islamophobia, because from I can see, there is no talking to these people.

I have, however, written to the Archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, and to St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral.  St. Joseph’s actually is a neighbor to the bombed Alfred P. Murrah building, destroyed by Christian Identity movement member, White Supremacist, and life-long Catholic, Timothy McVeigh, America’s most famous home-grown terrorist.  St. Joseph’s was permitted not only to repair and rebuild its beautiful Cathedral, but was even permitted to contribute a statue of a ‘Weeping Jesus’ to the memorial garden.  If that is acceptable, and I believe strongly that it is, and indeed is a positive thing, then the Catholic Church should stand up and make its voice heard in defense of Park 51.  Now.

Jesus Wept.

After the jump, you can read my letter to the diocese and the Church. I encourage all readers to send similar letters to them.  Please be polite.

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