Best commentary on this I heard came from Phil Valentine:
Issues like this have been part of our American Heritage since colonial times. Time Magazine has a great photo essay on this subject ....
This issue reminds me of one of your previous articles on the Highlander Folk School, the leadership school where many black civil rights leaders were trained. 1957, the Georgia Commission on Education published a pamphlet entitled, "Highlander Folk School: Communist Training School in Monteagle, Tennessee". Finally, in 1961, the state of Tennessee revoked Highlander's charter and confiscated its land and property.
It also is reminiscent of the KKK marching in Murfreesboro against the building of ST. Rose Catholic Church.
As seen in the above TIME article, history repeats itself.
In terms of moral balance, exceptional writing skills and, to borrow from the author, 'wisdom,' this one nailed it for me. What Mr. Vinson demonstrated in this column was a literary version of 'firm love'. He adeptly tackled a tough subject without going out of his way to cause needless hurt.
Something else I would like to point out: Vinson quoted U.S. Rep. Peter King as saying it would be 'insensitive' for Muslims to build a mosque near Ground Zero. I agree with Rep. King. And Rep. King's statement ties in so nicely with the comparison Vinson used by quoting the gentleman on John Boy & Billy - if Lee Harvey Oswalds family expressed a desire to bury his remains near the grassy knoll, it wouldnt' be right. Correct. Instead it would be 'insensitive'. Good analogy.
Vinson makes a good point. While it may be someone's constitutional right to build a momument to Adloph Hitler across the street from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washtington, DC, it would surely be "insensitive."
RON PAUL [R-TX] comments on the Mosque issue:
“In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.
They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars.
If Islam is further discredited by making the building of the mosque the issue, then the false justification for our wars in the Middle East will continue to be acceptable.
The justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.
Conservatives are once again, unfortunately, failing to defend private property rights, a policy we claim to cherish.
The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservative’s aggressive wars.
This is all about hate and Islamaphobia.
Political demagoguery rules when truth and liberty are ignored.”
My man Vinson hit another home run with this one, carefully dissecting a difficult subject while putting it back together with expertise. Though she shows a tendancy to be pro Islam, I even detected a hint of approval
I love Vinson! Keep it up!