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Anti-Catholicism of another era?
New York mosque controversy echoes historic cycle of distrust of immigrants and their faith.
The controversy over plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque a couple of blocks away from ground zero in New York is but the latest manifestation of a historic cycle of distrust of immigrants --- and their faith.
At its core, the mosque furor is not unlike what Catholics experienced in the United States for more than 100 years, according to Georgetown University theology professor Chester Gillis. While there are a wide range of political, philosophical and even zoning arguments about the Islamic center plans, Gillis sees anti-Muslim sentiment --- based in misconceptions and xenophobia --- at the core of the debate.
"The neophytes in society are always on the outside," Gillis said. "With Catholics, people feared they would have loyalty to a foreign power, the Holy See." With Muslims, he added, people fear a possible connection to an Islamic government or to a terrorist organization.
Originally posted by whatukno
reply to post by Gainsayer
We are at war with terrorists, not everyone in these countries. We aren't at war with every single person in the middle east nor are we at war with Islam. I think that some people in this country have forgotten that part. (actually blatantly ignores that part)
We aren't at war with Islam, we are at war with people who want to blow other people up along with themselves, we are at war with people who would fly planes into buildings, we are at war with people who have a 16th century version of the world they want to live in. (incidentally these people are not all that different from modern conservatives)