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Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, simply put, have a wicked way of putting certain issues in context while still maintaining a sense of humor. For anyone following US news these past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed the growing summer controversy over plans to build a mosque at ground zero in New York. It has taken talking heads, articles, news clips and just about anything American media has to offer (even the absurd variety), straight in to the depths of what is perhaps the silliest issue one can imagine. This is to say nothing of the fact that it has only served to highlight the extent to which many Americans are xenophobic when it comes to Muslims, with perhaps little understanding of the religion, its followers, or, at the very least, the difference between the overwhelming majority of Muslims and the twisted ideologies of extremist groups like Al-Queda.
From one Muslim’s point of view, if a nation is for freedom of religion, then it’s for freedom of religion. Being selective as to which religions can practice and evolve freely is hypocritical. As for the actual building of the Cordoba Center (as it is not a mosque), if the idea is to send some sort of symbolic message, then that message needs to be clearly articulated, declared and framed within the context of the initiative – rather than being left open to interpretation. If there is no symbolism and the goal is to just piss people off, this may not be worth the fight at all.
What do you think?