Before the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York became a political tool, I formed an opinion about what was happening. At the time, I felt that it was legal for the mosque to be built. I felt that it would be a wonderful symbol of American religious freedom. But I also understood the sensitivity of the issue and felt that it was unwise for the people behind the proposal to proceed in the midst of public discontent, whether or not the fears and discontent were rational.
Since that time, I have been amazed as otherwise level-headed people have made outlandish statements. As the issue has gradually worked its way into Utah in a tangible form, I have continued to ponder upon the issue. This reflection has caused me to change my opinion somewhat as it relates to the wisdom of building a mosque near Ground Zero in the midst of over public outrage. I offer my thoughts in this Op-Ed in the Deseret Morning News.