But at the same time, we don't need to be lectured about our intolerance for Islam when we object to radical terror-supporting Muslims building a mosque on the bodies of those murdered by radical terror-supporting Muslims. Our objections to the ground zero mosque aren't based on xenophobic notions about brown people or baseless ideas about the nature of all Muslims. Our objections to the ground zero mosque are simple: We will not submit to a group of people who agree with terrorists in ideology, share funders with terrorists, and seek to use a site of Islamist victory as a site for the worship of an Islamist god.
Liberals simply don't understand the Muslim world. They're under the bizarre misimpression that if a Muslim isn't actively strapping a bomb to his chest, he's a "moderate." By that standard, Imam Rauf -- the man behind the ground zero mosque -- is moderate, despite the fact that he refuses to condemn Hamas, associates with terrorist funders and anti-Semites, and believes that United States foreign policy was responsible for 9/11.
The truth is that there are three groups of Muslims: those who are terrorists; those who agree with terrorists and support them with money, rhetoric or time; and those who are truly moderate. Only group three is worth cultivating. And group three would never have the gall to build a mosque at ground zero, let alone preach to the American public about their supposed racism for opposing such a mosque.
As for the argument that opposition to the ground zero mosque is a "recruitment tool" for al-Qaida (Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer made the similar argument that one moron burning a Quran acts as a jihadi advertisement), perhaps liberals forget that short skirts do not cause rape. In other words, Islamists are bad guys whether we choose to kowtow to them or whether we choose to stand up to them. We might as well stand up to them.
Ground zero still holds the remains of 1,100 unidentifiable bodies -- men, women, children burned to death and incinerated in the collapse of the World Trade Centers. Moore doesn't deserve to be buried within 1,000 miles of those victims and heroes. But the radical Muslims of whom Michael Moore is so fond would gladly bury him with them. Their only problem is finding a steam shovel big enough.