A couple weeks ago, a non-Mormon friend from high school e-mailed me that quote and asked me, “In light of the Ground Zero mosque controversy, do you feel any particular solidarity with the other religions Norquist mentioned?”
I responded with a link to my column on the subject, and told him that I strongly supported the Muslims’ right to build their place of worship. But I didn’t really answer his question. The truth is, I didn’t feel especially unified with other minority religions that have traditionally been persecuted in the U.S.
That is, until last Sunday.
On an assignment for Newsweek, I attended the opening service for the “9/11 Christian Center” near Ground Zero in Manhattan. If you haven’t heard of this project, it is essentially meant to be a counterweight to the proposed Park51 Islamic cultural center. Founded by a Florida preacher who was inspired to “fight the lies of Islam,” the Christian center will hold services every Sunday in a Marriott ballroom in lower Manhattan until they can find more permanent facilities.