A few days ago, I said I wasn’t going to talk about the Park51 Islamic cultural center (aka the “Ground Zero Mosque”), because it was being used as a distraction by the Republican party. But Glenn Greenwald makes the point that this has grown far beyond a simple distraction, and is showcasing growing American religious intolerance, hatred of “the other”, and Islamophobia.

The main evidence? A anti-mosque rally held yesterday in Manhattan, that turned ugly. A black man who merely looked slightly Muslim is threatened and attacked. The crowd yells “Mohammed’s a pig”. A student carrying a sign that says “Religious tolerance is what makes America great” is also threatened. And if this is really just about “ground zero” then why are communities trying to stop the building of mosques in other cities?

Are Americans really that stupid that they blame the actions of a few terrorists on all Muslims? Should all Christians be blamed for the actions of the Ku Klux Klan?