This whole non-issue is such a disgrace.
Echoing the previous posters I am aghast that this could develop into this rampant offensive xenophobia offensive that has been unleashed in recent weeks. Whatever happened to public debate?
There is hardly a need to point out all the historical inaccuracies and blatant lies that have been spewed in regard to the community center itself, your constitution and founding fathers and the history of Cordoba to only name the most obvious.
This should not even be an issue about partisanship. After all, your constitution and the federal papers and all that only leave one, and only one, truth on the table. But obviously this is not about intellectual honesty but exploiting the sheeps for the gain of a few. I am appalled at how easy the masses can be led on their noses to act diametrally opposed to their own interests. But if you have a media and political scene that can claim "death panels", "terror babies", "ground-zero-mosque", "tax hikes when Bush tax cuts are over" and other blatant distortions of reality without even the tiniest try to stand against this lies (and make no mistake, they are nothing else), how can you even debate the future of your country in earnest.
Hell, even Obama dropped the ball big time on this one. And don´t even get me started on Harry Reid. Fear is never a good advisor. Ignoring or even selling the very foundation your nation was founded upon to score cheap votes, which won´t happen rather than alienate what´s left of decency, is such a weak policy that equals not only giving in but actively aiding demagouges. What a disappointment and disgrace. This appalling debate is pretty much an epic present for Al-Quaida and everyone that views the US as an enemy or just your typical "anti-american-sentiments". As someone that adored and defended the idea of the United States even in recent years this is coming close to be the straw that breaks the camels back. The slippery slope we entered can not end well.