See #14. I totally agree with you on Auschwitz and the nuns, ExPat.
One of the problems here at FR is the requirement that we have to abbreviate articles from certian sources. Many people never click on the link to read the whole thing. I’m not accusing you of that, but I know that many do not.
The difference between editorial writing and news reporting is that the kernal of the article should be contained in the first sentence in a news article (who, what, when, where, why). An editorial has more latitude to roam around a topic before making its point in the last paragraph.
McGurn was aiming his admonition at the Muslim imam, not New Yorkers in general.
Not that I expect the highly charged public to pay any attention.
One of the problems, however, is that McGurn starts with a different premise. You really can’t compare the Carmelites and the Muslims; Jews were “offended” by the Carmelites mostly because their self-proclaimed victimologist leaders (people like Abraham Foxman) told them they should be, he wanted Auschwitz to be solely Jewish (even though many other people, including Catholics, were put to death there), and in addition got on the left-wing bandwagon by making lots of completely false claims against the Catholic Church. Since reason was not involved in this - that is, there was absolutely no substance to his objections - I think the Carmelites and the Church did the right thing and accomodated him.
However, the situation with the Muslims is entirely different, and Islam is entirely different. Appealing to their better nature is not going to work: they take that as weakness, and they simply lie in response. The fact that this organization is called Cordoba House tells you all you need to know.
McGurn struck me as sadly naive, back in the old George Bush “Islam is a religion of peace” mode.