The conservative blogosphere is buzzing with outrage over plans to build a 13-story mosque and Muslim cultural center just a few hundred feet from Ground Zero. As a resident of lower Manhattan, Stephens sees it differently. The center–to be known as Cordoba House if it is built–might yet serve as an excellent test case for Muslim tolerance. That is how the concept is being advertised by Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Kuwaiti-born imam whose brainchild this is and who sees it as as a step toward the Americanization of the Muslim community. Stephens questions the arguments of those who oppose the project and the consideration the would-be builders of the center have given to toleration themselves.
Stephens writes ‘Global View’ for the Journal.