Hey, let’s build the Ground Zero mosque at Ground Zero

The principal goals of Cordoba House, as outlined by Feisal Abdul Rauf in the Times, are to promote “recognition of the rights of others, tolerance and freedom of worship”; to facilitate “building bridges between religious groups”; “to strengthen relations between the Western and Muslim worlds”; “to help counter radical ideology”; to serve as “a center for unification and healing”; and to undermine “the ability of anti-American radicals to recruit young, impressionable Muslims by falsely claiming that America persecutes Muslims for their faith.”

It would be hard to imagine a more powerful, pointed, passionate rebuke to Al Qaeda’s brand of twisted Islamism than for an open-hearted cultural and religious institution representing the tolerant, democratic Muslims of New York to be part of the risen World Trade Center.