‘Cane in a Cave

What should have been—in a rational culture—little more than a storm in a teacup, has unfortunately morphed from an insignificant symbolic gesture to an event possibly requiring tactical changes in the so-called War on Terror. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida wants to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 act of war by Islamic jihadists by burning a few hundred copies of the jihadists’ military manual—the Koran. Stormy events emanating from Florida usually involve natural hurricanes or at least tropical storms, but the Cable News Network (CNN) and the rest of the … Continue reading ‘Cane in a Cave

On Location

“Location”, “location” and “location” are said to be the three most important attributes of real estate properties in terms of desirability. The proposal to build Cordoba House, now called the Park 51 Islamic Community Center, within two blocks of the former World Trade Center site affords much opportunity to speculate about the three most important attributes of this particular development; they are not self-evident. There might be more lucrative commercial alternatives to building a mosque and related facilities at 51 Park in New York City. Supposedly, Soho Properties originally planned to develop a condominium project before partnering with Imam Faisal … Continue reading On Location

“Race” for the Primitive

Imagine that you’ve met the love of your life; you’ve begun cohabitation or even married and settled into your lover’s home within the local community. One day there is the equivalent of a knock at the door of your love nest and an unexpected letter arrives. It is addressed only to you, not your partner. As you read the letter you come to understand it is an eviction notice, concluding with the statement, “We trust that you understand the seriousness of this letter and will govern yourself accordingly.” You have been given ten days to pack up and leave or … Continue reading “Race” for the Primitive