In case you haven't heard lately, the latest pre-October Surprise in the United States is the controversy over whether to permit some people to build something that may or may not qualify as a mosque a few blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City. What's fascinating about this debate to me is that, whatever side you're on, you're a patriot and the other side is undermining American values. Also, there are apparently people in the world who do not live in the United States, and they surely must have opinions as well. I know what my feelings are. But I'm curious: what do the erudite, well-reasoned denizens of The Idiot Board say? FOCUS: Mosque or no mosque? RULES: We have a standing no-politics rule here at TiB. This is sort of a "trial balloon" for some more serious threads. Relevant and reasoned political discourse are allowed on THIS THREAD; I don't want to see it bleeding over into other parts of the board. Keep it civil and reasonable. If we see shit getting personal or out of hand, it will be BAD for the people who do it, and this thread will get locked up lickety split.