Who knew Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Florida Governor Charlie Crist would ever be on the same page?
They're both playing Chicken Little this week.
Hide! The terrorists are coming.
And it all comes down to a teeming pile of hate.
The Quran (Koran) burning at Terry Jones' Dove Outreach Center is still on.
And so is the mosque near Ground Zero.
The imam said this week he won't be backing down on plans to build the Islamic cultural center down the street from the site of Ground Zero precisely because doing so would enrage extremists (a fancy word for terrorists) around the world.
In fact, he told Larry King Live:
"If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack."
Crist, meanwhile, is fearing those headlines have already been written in response to the seething hate pouring out of the Dove Outreach Center as they take a page out of the Nazi playbook and burn some holy books to "honor" the folks who died on September 11.
Hold the phone, Batman. They've just told Americans the guiding basis for decision making should be wondering "what will the terrorists do?"
That's nearly as bad as a nation founded on the separation of church and state increasingly being asked to answer the question: What Would Jesus Do?
Has the American public so lost touch with morality that we can't simply tell a bunch of bigots to knock it off based on human decency ... and not throw out "the terrorists are angry" as the ominous threat of the day?
With the increasing Islamophobia in America (an ABC News poll estimates just 37 percent of the population has positive feelings toward Islam -- the lowest number since October 2001), the Muslim world is already feeling burned.
But the extremists don't need to come over to our side of the world if we're letting them dictate our everyday decisions before they even get here.
Take the threats off the table and treat these homegrown issues with homegrown, old-fashioned American answers.
Embrace the melting pot. Kill the hate. And we can still be Americans.
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