Ben Shapiro
On the ninth anniversary of the greatest mass murder on American soil in the history of our country, Michael Moore issued a clarion call to the United States. "If the [ground zero] 'mosque' isn't built," he wrote, "this is no longer America." In fact, said Moore, he was opposed to building the ground zero mosque two blocks from ground zero. "I want it built on ground zero," he wrote.

Personally, I'd like to see the ground zero mosque built on Michael Moore. But we can't always get what we want.

Moore's rationale for this stunning display of moral incoherence: He wants to help Muslims take back their religion from extremists. "I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people, and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you."

Let's stop for a moment and look beyond the bombastic rhetoric. Moore's logic goes something like this. A man breaks into your home and kills your family, while carrying a copy of Al Gore's soporific DVD, "An Inconvenient Truth." He's clearly perverting the intent of "An Inconvenient Truth," which is to put people into a coma; instead he's using the Gorefest as an excuse to kill people. After the funeral for your family, you come home to find Michael Moore and Al Gore on your doorstep, insisting that they should be able to erect a display case for Al Gore's Oscar in your living room. Moore explains that since your home was the site of the movie's perversion, in order to destroy misperceptions about global warming, Gore has a right to use your home for his agenda.

If that makes sense to you, you've been frontally lobotomized with a chain saw.

But it makes sense to Moore and to other liberals, including those behind the ground zero mosque, who posted Moore's article on their Twitter accounts. It makes sense to them because in their view, it is America's responsibility to help radical Muslims build bridges to non-Muslims.

It isn't.

That doesn't mean we should go around burning Qurans. That's wrong and stupid and counterproductive, largely because there are true moderate Muslims around the world who believe that Shariah law should not be enforced, that Israel has a right to exist, and that goats are for milking rather than shtupping in the mountains of Tora Bora. We need to do our best to reach out to those moderate Muslims and help them overcome their populous radical brethren.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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