Josh Marshall has a rather tortured email from a reader about all the different reasons people might oppose the Islamic Coat Center and how they’re all different in terms of moral clarity or something.
You see, rock-ribbed conservatives oppose it because of their justifiable but perhaps unfortunate fear of Islam (they’re not crazy mind you, “Clash Of Civilizations” is high-brow stuff). More thoughtful observers say it shouldn’t be built because it hurts many people’s feelings. The truly serious say that the genius of this right-center NASCAR nation is that it brow-beats alien immigrant groups into becoming Real Murkins and that Koran-buring and harassment of Puerto Rican construction workers is just part of this perfectly healthy brow-beating.
I can’t help but be reminded of opposition to climate change legislation. True conservative partisans claim that global warming is not happening, that the heavy snow on the eastern seaboard this winter proves that global temperatures cannot be rising. More reflective centrists say that global warming is happening but it’s not because of human activity, it’s because of sunspots or wandering poles. Conservative intellectuals say that it is happening, but we should wait until good old-fashioned American ingenuity finds a way to solve it without taxes or caps. Principled moderates say the government has to do something, but that anything Democrats propose is insufficiently Burkean.
There is literally no issue I know of where things don’t work out this way.