We\’re in serious trouble when the leader writers of the \”newspaper of record\” manage to get such simple things wrong:

It has been disturbing to hear and read the vitriol and outright bigotry surrounding the building of a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. So it was inspiring when New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 to 0 on Tuesday to reaffirm one of the basic tenets of democracy: religious tolerance.

Religious tolerance has precisely the square root of fuck all to do with democracy.

It\’s to do with liberty.

And liberty and democracy are very much not the same thing: Jim Crow existed in a democracy and Hong Kong had no democracy but an awfully large amount of liberty.

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  1. Also racial tolerance is good but would you put a German cultural centre near a concentration camp?
    More or less the same thing if you think about as a Mosque at ground zero.

  2. “It’s to do with liberty.” Could be, but no doubt some bum will shortly assure us that it’s in the US Constitution. And it ain’t.

  3. Don’t you think that there is too much tolerance at times. A little bigotry is so comforting.
    After all in the long run it is likely that all political correctness will fall apart from one cause or another.

  4. As the great P.J O’Rourke said:” Democracy is only one of Liberty’s’ safeguards, and not the surest”.

  5. More or less the same thing if you think about as a Mosque at ground zero.

    Well, except that KZs were run by the German state, whereas 9/11 was carried out by a small group of nutters.

    A fairer comparison would be to say you couldn’t build a *church* near the site of a KZ, on the grounds that the Nazi regime was nominally Christian (ie it misappropriated Christian theology to justify its abhorrent actions. Just like AQ, in fact).

    Tim adds: Amusingly, some of he more militant Jewish groups have objected to a small convent near Auschwitz on similar (although not exactly the same) grounds.

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