For this, I wholeheartedly thank you. True, but I think this is more than a few political talking points. Whenever ANY religious institution opens up a new place of worship - I feel sick in my stomach. This goes double for Scientology and Islam. I admit, I don't know nearly enough about either "religion" - but something has such devout followers always makes me fearful (think Jim Jones). Also, the Afghan people will never be free as long as religion is guiding their way of life. Location is just something to add a little flavor to the discussion, but your point about Pearl harbor and the Japanese was spot on. The Mosque is claiming that it will be like a YMCA or JCC, in accepting all people and all faiths - I have some doubts, but in fairness If you can open up a synagogue or a church you should be able to open up a mosque. Due to Islams history ( or better stereotype) of producing radicals in modern times - people, like me, are a little more hesitant than they should be about this thing. In summary, Lose religion - gain freedom.