by Patrick Appel

Chait says that the Park 51 debate matters for two reasons:

The first is that this drama is laying down a marker about the place of Muslims in American society. The question is whether they should be presumed to be terrorists unless proven otherwise -- hence the constant, suspicious demands to find out where the money behind the putatively innocent project is coming from -- or whether they should be afforded the same general presumption of innocence enjoyed by other religions. The second question is about laying the groundwork for Republican foreign policy for the next GOP presidential administration.

Bernstein won't relent.

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