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Argument: Rights of American Muslims not subject to tyranny abroad

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"Build that mosque." Economist, Lexington. August 5th, 2010: "[New Gingrich said] there should be no mosque near ground zero so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabiaā€¯. Come again? Why hold the rights of Americans who happen to be Muslim hostage to the policy of a foreign country that happens also to be Muslim? To Mr Gingrich, it seems, an American Muslim is a Muslim first and an American second. Al-Qaeda would doubtless concur."


Gabriel Winant. "Ground zero mosque touches off right-wing panic." Salon.com. May 27th, 2010: "It's notable how McCarthy seems to think that, in pointing out that the United States has many mosques, but the holy cities of Saudi Arabia have no churches, he's making an appropriate comparison. It's almost as if he demands that we behave just like a theocratically tinged authoritarian monarchy. The hatred these people have for the Muslim world conceals a noticeable yearning -- an envy for its ability to carry out the undemocratic, anti-pluralist, and puritanical measures that the United States has long since abandoned."

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