Sigh. I really hate legitimate disagreement being continually cast as bigotry.
The proposed site of the mosque is two blocks from Ground Zero. The building on the site now was damaged by landing gear falling off of one of the aircraft that struck the World Trade Center. To complain that it's not part of Ground Zero is simply wrong.
2776 people died at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. They were killed in the name of Islam. To build a mosque at the site of their deaths is just like building a Nazi recruitment center across the street from the gates of Auschwitz. The same people who are complaining about the reaction to the mosque would be complaining if they did that.
The Left (not necessarily Wendy, who I think very highly of as a person) has this tendency to talk about sensitivity to the feelings of others. That sensitivity evaporates like dry ice under a heat lamp when it's the feelings of average, white, non-immigrant Americans being discussed. The overwhelming majority of Americans (over 70% in the polls I remember seeing) feels that the mosque is profoundly disrespectful of those who died that day. Sensitivity has to cut both ways.
Heightening this is the fact that the group planning the mosque, the Cordoba Initiative, refuses to disclose the sources of their funding. How do we know that they're not funded by the Muslim Brotherhood or the government of Iran? Their pledge of not accepting terrorist funding is very hollow when you consider that there is a long string of Muslim "charities" that have been proven to exist just to funnel money to terrorist organizations.
I don't believe that "Muslim" is equal to "terrorist". Just because Islamofascism is based in Islam does not mean that all Muslims are Islamofascists. However, the population of Muslims in the world does not do anywhere near enough to repudiate the terrorists, or to root out the terrorists in their ranks. We hear and see far more about Islamic terrorism than we do about the moderates in Islam who are decrying it, and when powerful Islamic governments support and foment terrorism as long as it doesn't attack them directly, it's hard not to be suspicious.
Yes, the Cordoba Initiative has the right to build their mosque anywhere they like. If they truly care about building bridges of peace and understanding, they'll build it somewhere else. If they want to rub American noses in 9/11, they'll continue with their present plans.