The Islamic Society of Boston is trying to build a mosque in Boston. I’m sorry, a MOSQUE — a $24-million-dollar building, with a 125-foot minaret, a 75-foot dome, and lord knows how many seats — I’m sorry, spots for prayer rugs. They started off with strong city support, even to the point of buying the (rather choice) real estate for about 43 cents on the dollar — or less, if you believe some developers who say the stated price was lowballed.
The ISB has its share of critics, however. Especially since 9/11, people have looked askance at Islamic groups, scrutinizing their possible ties to terrorists. Several have questioned the ISB, naming names and pointing fingers.
The ISB, eager to prove itself a desirable neighbor and good citizen and all-around jolly sort, took this in stride and did what any reasonable person would do in a similar situation, when they found themselves at odds with their local newspapers, television stations, and other community organizations:
I’m reminded of the old saying about “the beatings will continue until morale approves.” In this case, though, it’s “you will tolerate and accept us as peaceful, welcome neighbors, or we’ll sue your asses off.”