Karen Armstrong on the Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan

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Other than getting the issue of the pre-existence of the Islamic center at it’s present location wrong, Karen Armstrong offers a deeply spiritual and enlightened view of this faux-controversy that has been fanned by Gingrich, Palin and the Fox crowd in this video.

I wonder if Sarah Palin would want to debate the pros and cons of the project with Ms. Armstrong. Or Newt. Or maybe both. I’m sure Karen Armstrong could take both of them on at the same time. I would pay a premium to see that debate on Pay-Per-View.

There’s more Via Open Culture

Who’s Helping The Terrorists?

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Our friends on the right fringe, of course. In their desperation to turn the Islamic center in Lower Manhattan into this year’s wedge issue, Palin, Gingrich and the rest of the irresponsibles might be delivering big for Al Qaeda.

Some counterterrorism experts say the anti-Muslim sentiment that has saturated the airwaves and blogs in the debate over plans for an Islamic center near ground zero in Lower Manhattan is playing into the hands of extremists by bolstering their claims that the United States is hostile to Islam.Opposition to the center by prominent politicians and other public figures in the United States has been covered extensively by the news media in Muslim countries. At a time of concern about radicalization of young Muslims in the West, it risks adding new fuel to Al Qaeda’s claim that Islam is under attack by the West and must be defended with violence, some specialists on Islamic militancy say.

“I know people in this debate don’t intend it, but there are consequences for these kinds of remarks,” said Brian Fishman, who studies terrorism for the New America Foundation here.

There’s more from the New York Times…