Maybe it’s because I just watched “Mad Men”, but I wonder if Marty Peretz was drunk when he wrote this:
The State of New York has no need for more mosques, since there are plenty of them. Furthermore, Muslims living in New York do not frequent their mosques on a daily basis; usually they go to them either on Saturdays or on Sundays, due to the nature of their work. Therefore, there is no real need for the building of the Cordoba Mosque; especially as the project has already provoked the sentiments of Americans, by reminding them of the attacks on 11 September, 2001, the Islamic conquest of Spain, as well as the tragic consequences of Islamic imperialism in general
The New Republic is not now an awful magazine. I like a lot of what I read there. I do wonder how Jon Chait and Jon Cohn and the rest feel about being this crackpot’s bitch, though. It can’t feel good.
Update. Peretz seems to have excerpted this from elsewhere. I was thrown by the length of the excerpt and the lack of punctuation at the end. And Peretz does describe the source as “phenomenon in Arab-Muslim society in its independence, honesty, unpredictability”.
Update update. Anyway, this is dumber than the excerpt:
In my view, the really modest struggle against the mosque is probably the closest thing we’ve had to a genuinely grass roots effort against the casual and elitist First Amendment fundamentalists.