I originally posted this as a comment on Flick Filosopher's thread on the matter, and decided it was good enough for the seven people who read here:
We must stop the Muslims from building a Community Center with a Coffee Shop and Pool Hall and a Prayer Room! And you know why?
That Pool Hall!
You got trouble Folks! Right here in
River CityManhattan. Trouble with a Capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL.
Oh, I'm sure you folks will enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, but think of the children! Tempted by the... temptations of an easy game of pool! You want Muslims sitting around five times a day praying toward Mecca, no problem? But get them betting on games of Eight-Ball, wasting their hard earned money from the unemployment benefits they get because of the 10 percent unemployment we've got nationwide, why that's Bad! That's ASKING for Trouble! Trouble with a Capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL!
...It's from Music Man. ...It was a musical! ...Okay, just keep an eye on Turner Movie Classics and maybe they'll rebroadcast it...
Seriously? If someone wants to build in an economically depressed corner of New York City, which that area of Manhattan is, then God Bless! If they wanna build a Quaker Microbrewery, GOD BLESS. If they wanna build a Unitarian Internet Cafe, GOD BLESS! If they wanna build a Jewish Sports Bar, L'Chaim! If they wanna build a Muslim Pool Hall, Allah Akbar!
It's taken this long for the Far Right to finally explode in rage and anger at the dirty Muslim crowd, if only because they've gone full bore batshit crazy over dirty Hispanics as well: The argument for "anchor babies" the Right is using to repeal the Citizenship Clause is being used against Muslims and their "terrorist anchor babies" as well. The strain of racism on the Far Right has gone public since 2008 (gee, wonder why) and it's only getting nastier - they're protesting mosques in states that didn't even get hit on 9/11 - because the Far Right live for that goddamn anger. It's the only thing they can feel anymore.
Regardless of the fact that the United States has a proud history of the Free Practice of Religion. Regardless of the fact that all this open outrage over a simple goddamn POOL HALL has gone global and that the REAL "Muslim" Extremists like Al Qaeda are using this outrage to justify their anti-American recruiting (gee thanks Gingrich and Palin for providing Bin Laden with free advertising!).
Just build the damn Pool Hall. And build the damn new Tower. And get on with our lives! Living well... especially living on good terms with your neighbors is supposed to be the BEST revenge, you idiots!