The Clare Spark Blog

August 22, 2010

Is the Ground Zero Mosque story a distraction?

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Adolf Schreyer (1828-1899): Arabs on the March

The following is a disagreement I had yesterday with two other members of the Conservative-Libertarian History internet list. Their names are Frank Zavisca and David Beito. And their messages are below my response. Beito’s response was to Zavisca, not to me and was posted simultaneously with mine. I thank Richard Jensen, moderator, for permission to replicate this interchange.

[Clare Spark:] I am surprised that Frank Zavisca thinks that the Mosque/Muslim story is not a “REAL ISSUE.” And that it is a distraction from “the economy” and jobs, or that the Democrats will benefit from the (excessive) discussion. I also wonder if his notion that the media set agendas, without regard to an upsurge of emotion from below, is valid. For one thing, persons concerned about the economy can think about more than one thing at a time, and economics can seem impenetrable in contrast to deciphering a religion that is plainly amenable to analysis for authoritarian content.

  Second, the issue has enabled thinking about the false face that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf presents to the world, transforming the story from one of right-wing “bigotry” to a question of national security. Moreover it is now more urgent to focus on the various strains of Islam, and if passion drives the curiosity of ordinary people, that is a very good thing, from the point of view of pedagogy.

   The latter is especially important because the dominant theme of the Democratic Party this Fall will be the “racism” or “bigotry” of the South and West, digging into time-tested loathing of “the frontiersman” by the Northeastern liberal establishment. Anything that discredits that Northeastern establishment is a good thing, for their elites are guilty of perpetuating racialist thinking, though few will admit it. (For more on this theme see my

   Clare Spark, Ph.D.

   Director, The Yankee Doodle Society

—–Original Message—–

From: CONSERVATIVENET list for conservative-libertarian history [mailto:CONSERVATIVENET@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU] On Behalf Of Richard Jensen

Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2010 6:34 AM


Subject: cnet: how to build a mosque

from Frank Zavisca:

Conservatives have been “had” by Team Obama on this issue.

Fox News, Rush, and others are doing the dirty work for the Democrats and the Democrats are getting it for free.

EVERY minute of discussion about the “Ground Zero Mosque” is a minute that Americans are distracted from the REAL ISSUE. “It’s the economy, stupid”.

And the Democrats couldn’t possibly buy the massive amount of time that “experts” are discussing the Mosque.

from David Beito dbeito@TENHOOR.AS.UA.EDU

 Agreed (with Frank Zavisca)  Even more, this sad episode has shown that many conservatives are so dominated by blind hysteria that they are more than willing to selectively violate aside private property rights and the first amendment.  Ironically, it was Obama, not the conservatives, who defended the private property rights of the owner in this case.


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