Benighted protesters misled on mosque



There is much ado about building a Muslim community center two blocks from Ground Zero.

My question would be, "Would 729 miles be far enough?" That is how far Lilburn, Ga., is from New York City, where local residents are protesting the expansion of a mosque.

Is 733 miles far enough? That is where Sheboygan, Wis., is located, and where Christian ministers are leading the fight against converting a health food store into a mosque.

Would 754 miles be far enough away? That is how far Murfreesboro, Tenn., is from New York City, where Tea Party candidates and leaders are protesting a mosque.

Is 895 miles is far enough? Nope. That is the distance of Gainesville, Fla., where a Christian group known as Dove World Outreach Center joined with Westboro Baptist is leading the protest against a mosque with T-shirts and signs claiming "Islam is of the devil" and "Bloody Obama."

How about 2,409 miles? That is the location of Temecula, Calif., where the Tea Party Express is leading the protest against expansion of a mosque.

There is a common denominator in all of this, and it has nothing to do with the location of the World Trade Center. It is narrow-minded conservative Christians once again being led around by their ignorance and fear by such organizations as the Tea Party and Fox News hoping to capitalize politically for conservatives by using simple-minded, emotional, push-button issues.

Michael Ledo

Windsor, S.C.



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