We’ve already lost the argument when we hem and haw and equivocate, saying it’s not next to but rather two blocks from Ground Zero, or when we say it’s not really a mosque but a community center. Those statements may be factually true, but the crux of the argument is: If we truly are a society that respects freedom of religion, if we truly believe it when we say, “Islam did not attack us on 9/11. Terrorists attacked us on 9/11,” then people should be able to build a mosque wherever they damn well please, even right on top of Ground Zero.
The Muslim faith is not an affront to America or New York or 9/11 victims and their families. Terrorism is.