August 20, 2010 2:25 AM

Commentary: Fear-mongering is peaking with ground zero 'mosque' outrage

South Florida blanched in 2006 when the Rev. O'Neal Dozier instigated his fear-mongering protests as Broward County's oldest Islamic congregation sought zoning approval for a new mosque. Dozier's bigoted sentiments have been resurrected, though this time by mainstream politicians over a proposed Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the fallen World Trade Center. Leaders like Sarah Palin, John McCain and professed political intellectual Newt Gingrich argue that their objections have to do with the project's proximity to the 9/11 site, but their statements about Islam sound discomfitingly familiar to anyone who remembers O'Neal Dozier's ugly turn in 2006. Pompano Beach, by the way, is about 1,250 miles from the World Trade Center site.

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