Why Has the ‘World Trade Center Mosque’ Become a Major Issue?
by David Franke
I have watched in disbelief as the “World Trade Center Mosque” became the No. 1 issue in American politics over the past couple of weeks.
To me, the issue is a no-brainer. First of all, it is clearly a matter for state and local government to handle – and as an advocate of constitutional decentralization, I think that’s the end of the story unless you live in New York City.
Beyond that, it is clear that the Muslims in question have every right to build their community center where they want to build it. They have followed the regulatory path required for approval, and received that green light. As a constitutional conservative, that, too, settles the matter for me. Two words are all that are necessary to put this aspect in perspective: property rights.
So, why has this become the No. 1 hot-button issue in the nation? I see two possible answers to that question: conspiracy, and/or political stupidity and banality.
The Case for Conspiracy