from American Power by Donald Douglas: If I was contemplating teaching a seminar on ideological bias in the contemporary press, Time Magazine’s recent cover story on the Ground Zero mosque controversy would be hard to beat. And keeping with dead tree media ethics, the full article’s available only in print. Perhaps the editors were hoping to avoid a savage thrashing at the hands of bloggers. I started reading the essay at my son’s orthodontist’s, then finished it at Barnes and Noble on the way home (no way would I fork over cash for such a pathetic hatchet job, sheesh). There’s absolutely no mention of or engagement with any of the arguments Mega Mosque opponents have offered. And at one point the piece argues that Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan are leaders of the U.S. Muslim community’s “interfaith outreach.” The only problem, of course, is that throughout the controversy the developers have shunned any dialogue with “interfaith” critics of the project. And then there’s this passage, available at the homepage:Worthless.You don’t have to be prejudiced against Islam to believe, as many Americans do, that the area around Ground Zero is a sacred place. But sadly, in an election season, such sentiments have been stoked into a political issue. As the debate has grown more heated, Park51, as the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is called, has become a litmus test for everything from private-property rights to religious tolerance. But it is plain that many of Park51′s opponents are motivated by deep-seated Islamophobia.FOR SALE: Liberal Magazine … cheap.
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Erick Erickson @ RED STATE: Much has been made this week of Franklin Graham’s comments both about the Ground Zero Mosque and Barack Obama’s religion. It has been more than hilarious to watch all the news networks, newspapers, and pundits try to explain Graham’s comments. All of those who have been talking about his comments have talked about them from a political point of view. Franklin Graham could care less. I could care less. What Franklin Graham said is dead on. … Christians like Graham, and me, are viewed with the same suspicion as muslim clerics who defend their faith, but Graham and you and me will be questioned because, after all, Christianity is supposed to be more evolved. Therefore, for us to hold true to our faith means there must be something wrong with us individually, not with the religion. (This, of course, is at a superficial level. Theologically, and I’m not going to explore the depths of this here, it is because the world persecutes Christians because the world is against Christ.) The problem, of course, is the Truth does not change. Our convictions remain. Christ remains. By faith and history, Franklin Graham understands that there is only one way, one Truth, and one life. No one goes to the Father except through Jesus Christ. No one.That sound you hear in the background is thousands of Christian voice saying, “AMEN!”
From Breitbart’s BIG PEACE: Rauf’s gang at the Cordoba Initiative tried to make their hidden website disappear. Of course, they weren’t successful; we’ve got the PDFs. And A Note to Rauf and the “Shariah Index Project”: We always get PDFs. And we’ve got more screen-captures and more of your hidden website material to expose. Earlier this week, Christine Brim posted the first of a series of exposés on the hidden websites of the Cordoba Initiative, Faisal Abdul Rauf’s organization behind the Ground Zero Mosque. Since the article appeared, the site’s been taken down and, with it, crucial information about the “Shariah Index Project.” Nice try Islamic boys.Better luck next time.