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Calvin Freiburger

Note To 9/11 Mosque Defenders: Sure, We Can All Get Along – Just Not With Jihad Sympathizers

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Posted on August 4 2010 10:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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Noted Middle East analyst media critic Elizabeth Wurtzel “love[s] the mosque” being built near Ground Zero. Writing for the Daily Beast today, she chastises “the whole Islamophobic crowd—the Fox News hysterics, the Palinolithics, the various Cheneys, the assorted terror mongers” for opposing “an attempt by moderate Muslims to be part of this miserable legacy, because, as they want us to know, they are loyal Americans, too”:

One of the especially nice things about New York is that Jews, Muslims, and life’s whole ridiculous assortment of crazies all live together quite comfortably. The particular offense of the attacks of 9/11 was that it brought religious tension to a city—possibly to a whole country—that simply did not have that particular problem. When I got to law school in 2004, I befriended many Muslim-American students—a lot of them were the children of pediatricians in Grosse Point or cardiologists in Short Hills, and they mostly reminded me of suburban Jews I’d known—who had a sudden interest in the legal system after being so frequently targeted for extra security checks in airports. I generally found that talking to any of them about the Middle East—or a zillion other highly caffeinated topics—was a far calmer experience than any conversation I could possibly have with, say, a typical European ideologue who has an anti-Israel reflex and no sense of history. That was never the case with my classmates, who were informed and who had nuanced views of the Islamic world. It came down to this: They’re American. They live here.

That’s nice. But it’s also irrelevant.

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