Intolerance: A Test for America
September 11, 2010
By Noam E. Marans
Rabbi Noam E. Marans is the American Jewish Committee’s associate director of interreligious and intergroup relations, based in New York.
It seemed that we would be able to wage a war on Islamist terror without waging war on Islam and Muslims.
But hatred is a disease difficult to conquer. It apparently was merely in remission. Park 51 — the proposed Muslim community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero — has propelled the hatred disease from dormant to contagious.
But in the current climate American principles of equality, pluralism and religious freedom are threatened. It is essential to state clearly that anti-Muslim bigotry is no more acceptable in the United States than racism and anti-Semitism.
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