There was a lot of brouhaha a few months ago about the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”. People were totally outraged that the Muslims (those crazy kids) were going to build a house of worship on Ground Zero. But, y’know, not really. A lot of Muslims and journalists that actually had some sense tried to counteract all the false information that was being disseminated by Pamela Geller, Fox News, and their cohorts. I’m not going to lie to you, things were pretty insane for a while. I wrote a bit about it here.
But then media coverage all but disappeared. Just like that (this is where you picture me snapping my fingers).
Salon.com has an interesting article from a few days ago titled Whatever Happened to the “Ground Zero” Mosque? in which they discussed the fact that many critics of the facility are nowhere near as vocal about the project as they used to be. The writer of the article has a theory about why this happened:
There can be no single explanation for why a news story of this magnitude disappears. But, given the timeline here, it seems likely that the electoral calendar played a role. National Republicans who used Park51 as a bludgeon against Democrats suddenly were less interested in talking about the project after the election. In addition, there was suddenly action in Congress again after Nov. 2. And political analysts turned their focus to what Washington would look like with a Republican House majority in 2011.
So… the controversy was used for political gain?! I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!
In all seriousness though, this is very uncool. There was a lot of turmoil that Muslim Americans had to deal with due to the uproar caused by the issue of the Ground Zero Mosque which, once again, wasn’t on Ground Zero and wasn’t quite a mosque. I realize this is hardly the first time politicians have selfishly manufactured controversy, but it never fails to be a reprehensible act.
And now that we’re done with the seriousness, I’ll leave you with a video College Humor did about Park51: