Not to pour it on or anything, but read this. Apparently public opposition to mosque-building has occurred all over the country, including in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and, according to the NYT:
…in Temecula, about 60 miles north of San Diego, involving a typical stew of religion, politics and anti-immigrant sentiment. A Muslim community has been there for about 12 years and expanded to 150 families who have outgrown their makeshift worship space in a warehouse, said Mahmoud Harmoush, the imam, a lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino. The group wants to build a 25,000-square-foot center, with space for classrooms and a playground, on a lot it bought in 2000.
Mr. Harmoush said the Muslim families had contributed to the local food bank, sent truckloads of supplies to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and participated in music nights and Thanksgiving events with the local interfaith council.
A local Tea Party group had their wittle feewings hurt, and are trying to block it. So far, protestors have been outnumbered by counterprotestors. But, still.
Who thinks Temecula is sacred ground? Oenophiles?
In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan reemerged in a big way. Millions joined all over the country. Their target was not African-Americans, who had been thoroughly re-subjugated in the decades after the Civil War. Instead, their main target was Catholics, a reaction to the huge wave of immigration during 1890-1925.
Mark Twain: History does not repeat itself. But. it rhymes.