The Ground Zero Declaration came to my attention through a Google Alert that led to a post by Ali Sina at Faith Freedom.org. The brainchild of Billy Rojas and Centroids, the declaration begins by affirming the Declaration of Independence & Bill of Rights.
After the affirmation, it lists four prticular items: freedom of religion, equal protection, human dignity and peaceful assembly & free speech.
In that fourth item, it specifies freedom to criticize religions, which will stick in Islam's eye like a sharp grain of sand.
The next section carries an interesting heading: "The Problem With Cordoba House". The concluding sentence of that section is particularly interesting. "Allowing Muslims to build an Islamic center so near the scene of Islam-inspired death implies that neither we nor they have truly learned the painful lessons of 9/11."
The next section, "What We Want", leads off with a most direct sentence. "If Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is serious about promoting a new Reformed Islam that divorces itself completely from the ideology that brought down the World Trade Center, we ask him and his colleagues to officially:"
There follows an enumerated list of three things no Muslim can do without incurring the penalty of apostasy and a demand that the Ground Zero Mosque project be postponed, reconfigured or relocated.
The concluding sentence has more clarity than I can expect from centrists; this has real merit. "We do not believe a commitment to freedom means giving our enemies the freedom to destroy us."
That last sentence is the clincher for me. I hope it will be for you, too. Lets make this happen!