I think there are many who “don’t feel right” about something being built close to the WTC are doing it based on emotions over 9/11 - and they are treating Islam like a monolithic faith.
That is wrong but I don’t think is mean spirited.
There are some who are bigoted, who also seem to have big media capabilities, that want nothing Muslim there even though they know better. That is wrong AND mean spirited.
As for keeping religion and politics separate, I agree completely. I would go so far to say that religious organizations should not have tax free status or anything.
I don’t know if the socons understand this, but the more religion gets involved in politics, the more politics will become involved with religion - and that will bite them.
Plus, Jesus never ran for public office.