The right-wing rabble corps has been fired up lately about the construction of a community center and mosque in New York City near where the World Trade Center towers once stood. They're raving themselves into a faux-righteous, Islam-phobic frenzy; Newt Gingrinch went as far as declaring that the mosque shouldn't be built "so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia." (Glad to know Newt thinks we should be taking tolerance lessons from the Saudis.)
I think their argument against the community center and mosque is stupid and xenophobic, but I don't really want to get into that here. What I would like to do is point out is that the facility will be LEED certified and is being named "Park51" to bring attention to the connection between faith and the environment. When complete, it will have a fitness center with swimming pool, gym, and basketball court as well as a 500-seat auditorium, library, childcare center and a mosque.
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