Today marks the eightieth entry in Frequencies. In the ten most recent entries, Luís León lights a spliff, Wendy Cadge provides spiritual care, Varun Soni talks to college students, SherAli Tareen questions Park51, Erin Martineau moves to the farm, Andrew Ventimiglia takes a course in miracles, Nathan Schneider searches for proof, Rocco Gangle draws a diagram, Ludger Viefhues-Bailey reads German ladies magazines, and Laura Marris contemplates loss.
Posts Tagged ‘Park51’
I do not have much to add to the debate surrounding the Islamic Cultural Center that will surely be built near Ground Zero. But I do have a strangely delayed reaction to the word “Islamism”, whose short and pernicious history deserves more attention than it has been given. The suffix “ism” in this case is clearly not intended as a compliment. If you consult any word list on Google, it becomes clear that Islamism is a label for any variety of Islamic thought or action that can be judged to be inappropriately politicized, with the exemplary case being political violence.
The Florida televangelist Bill Keller, who has spearheaded a plan to build a “Christian center” as a counterpoint to the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” has managed to anger both sides of the Park51 debate.
As Dina Temple-Rastin of NPR reports, controversy over Park51 has reached a new zenith in way of irony. Far from helping to win the “War on Terror,” the Right Wing’s open and vociferous hostility has seemingly done the exact opposite.
As the mid-term electoral season enters its final months, the growing controversy over the construction of Park51, the now well-known Muslim community center proposed to be built near the former site of the World Trade Center, has rocketed from an issue of local concern to one of apparently national import.