American Elephants

Andrew Klavan Takes On The Ground Zero Mosque Controversy. by The Elephant's Child

It is attack Republicans season, but one would think they would come up with something with a little more sense to it than the current cries of Racist! Bigot! Islamophobe!  Yes, there are many moderate Muslims.  Yes, the attack on the Twin Towers was perpetrated in the name of Islam. Yes, that was 10 years ago. Yes, Major Nidal Hassan killed 13 and wounded 32 in an attack in the name of Islam at Fort Hood. Yes, Canada just broke up a homegrown terrorist cell with ties to other terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Dubai.  The Christmas Day bomber, Umar Abdulmutallab and Major Hassan were both radicalized by al Qaeda cleric  Anwar al Awlaki, called an example of moderate Muslim imams when he was in Virginia.  The list is very long.  America remains a very tolerant country.  We can be tolerant and welcoming and yet remain alert.

(h/t: Pajamas TV)

Very Careful Language that Avoids Controversy. by The Elephant's Child

As I was saying about euphemisms:  The Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff covering the New York City mosque story.

Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1.  We should continue to avoid the phrase “ground zero mosque” or “mosque at ground zero” on all platforms.  …The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area.  We should continue to say its “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

The whole note is here.  It goes on to say that “Muslim prayer services have been held since 2009 in the building that the new project will replace.  The proposal is to create a new, larger Islamic community center that would include a mosque, a swimming pool, gym, auditorium and other facilities.”

Apparently anywhere that Muslim prayer services are held becomes a mosque. The other facilities are several floors of offices that will be engaged in efforts to spread Sharia law in the United States.  That — I find troubling.

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