Other nations, other civilizations, are not carbon copies or junior partners or differently-costumed variations of ourselves. Respecting them means recognizing that fact, taking their history, their culture and heritage, seriously.
You're smart enough to grasp this.
Islam has a proud tradition of building mosques on the sacred places of lands they have conquered and dominated. They built a mosque on the Temple Mount of Jerusalem; they plastered over the magnificent mosaics of the greatest Christian church on earth, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, and added minarets; they reduced Hindu sites to ruins all over India and built on top of the rubble; they retrofitted and Islamicized the Persian holy places of Iran; and they are currently in the process of converting endless churches and synagogues into mosques all over Europe.
In their culture, that means successful invasion. It means effective occupation. It means triumph.
A super-mosque at Ground Zero? Can you not open your eyes and see what that signifies?
Or do you make the truly culturally narrow assumption that Muslims are just like whitebread Americans, except with pita: tolerant, multi-culti, humanists in quirky headgear?
Do you think "Shari'a" is Arabic of "Equal Justice Under Law"? Or that dhimmi means "brother"? Is this the Harvard ninny parochial assumption concerning Muslims, that they are --- this is so foolish--- liberals like you?
The paper tiger OBL spoke of prior to 9/11 has become a paper jackass. And it lives in NYC.