Support for the Cordoba Initiative/Park 51 Mosque amongst non-Muslims boils down to four incorrect beliefs:
1. Rauf et all are moderates and this initiative will help build bridges.
Actually Imam Feisal Rauf is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and their stated goal is a new Caliphate, restoration of lands seized from Muslims, and eventual world-wide Sharia. They share the goals of Al Qaeda, differing only in tactics. And even that is debatable. Egyptian Islamic Jihad comes from the Muslim brotherhood and Merged with Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda was an outgrowth of Maktab al-Khadamat (MaK), founded by Abdullah Azzam, who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a cofounder of the Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as Hamas. Of course it is the same Hamas that the purportedly moderate Imam Rauf refuses to condemn and for whose benefit the recent flotilla was started. It is no surprise given that Imam Rauf refuses to denounce Hamas, since he is a member of the Malaysian Islamist Perdana Global Police Foundation, which took part in the pro-Hamas flotilla.
2. Opposing this will inflame the Muslim world giving terrorist support.
Weakness also makes Bin Laden stronger. If being nice to Muslims and giving in worked, we would not have been attacked after fleeing Somalia and helping Muslims in the Balkans. They hate us anyway. The proper policy for those trying to subjugate you is "oderint dum metuant" or "As they hate, let them fear (us)".
3. If the government acts against Radical Islam it will go after all religions. This belief is found among the left, libertarians, paleoconservatives, and many religious.
Preposterous. In the late 19th century, we were a very tolerant nation towards most religions. At the same time, we put down the Ghost-Dancing movement among the Indians. We did so because we saw it as a call for war. In World War 2, we did not let Nazis in the Lutheran Church or neopagans operate protected by the rubric of Freedom of Religion.
4. Regardless of merit this is private property and we cannot interfere.
Actually, the group behind this lied on their forms stating that they owned two properties instead of a single one. Thus, we should automatically revoke their permits. Moreover, they committed perjury. And even if they hadn't lied, NY City and the MTA put the breaks on private construction all the time. St. Nicholas Church, the Greek Orthodox Church wrecked on 9/11 remains in ruins because of municipal and MTA interference.
Sedition is not covered by property rights or the First Amendment. In so far as the Cordoba Initiative is part of the Muslim Brotherhood project to overthrow our legal system, we have the right to stop it. We have an obligation to do so. This is a defining issue. Any politician who does not lead on the issue deserves no support. Any politician on the wrong side of it must never be trusted with the security of this country.