Carnival of Progressive Politics—August 2010 Edition
August 21, 2010
Last August was all about health care reform, and this August is the summer of the Mosque (that isn’t really a mosque) at Ground Zero (that isn’t really at Ground Zero). My opinions about all this hoopla are mirrored by Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek magazine.
How I wish for a “Cone of Rationality”—like the “Cone of Silence” on the television show Get Smart. When issues spiral out of control, as this one has, the cone could drop over everyone involved, and rational thought would occur.
Rational minds would then most certainly agree that:
The Constitution guarantees the right of the Cordoba Initiative to construct a house of worship on private land without any interference from the government, “Muslims” as a whole did not attack “us” on 9/11, Feisal Abdul Rauf is a well-respected, progressive imam with a history of performing outreach for the Bush administration, and even if the project was a “ground zero mosque,” celebrating its construction would demonstrate an admirable commitment to the founding ideals that we are supposedly fighting for Over There. At a time when Islamophobia appears to be on the rise, in part because xenophobia always tends to get louder during periods of economic uncertainty, liberals and progressives should be forcefully making the case for tolerance and liberty.
The above slice of beautiful rationality was written by Alex Pareene for Salon.com.
In keeping with the idea of “forcefully making the case for tolerance and liberty,” I now present the much-delayed, but worth-the-wait July/August edition of the Carnival of Progressive Politics.
This category is perhaps closest to my heart, and so it warms my heart to have a large number of posts to include.
As always, I do not necessarily agree with all writing on a contributor’s blog. If a post appears here, it is because I consider it worth reading.