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Building and burning

How soon is too soon and how close is too close? The New York City community board has given permission to Muslims to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero as 'a seed of peace', to promote mainstream Islam against extremism.

'What better place', says the Imam, Feisal Rauf, ' to show that we, as Muslims, condemn the acts of 9/11… When we say it here, we will be heard.'

But will they be listened to? The National Republican Trust released an ad protesting the building: 'On Sept. 11, they declared war against us. And to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at Ground Zero.'

Now Sarah Palin has joined the protests on Twitter: 'pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts'.


The description would apply rather better to the interfaith efforts of the ironically named Dove International Outreach Center in Florida, which is marking 11 September 2010 with a 'Burn a Koran Day'.

Pastor Terry Jones explains: 'We believe that Islam is of the devil. It is a violent religion.'

Perhaps it's time for someone to plant a seed of peace in Florida to promote mainstream Christianity against extremism.