A Test of Tolerance
The "Ground Zero mosque" debate is about tolerance—and a whole lot more.
Correction, Aug. 26, 2010: This article originally asserted that Rauf's statement did not provide a translation of the term Vilayet-i-faquih. The term was explained in an earlier passage. ( Return to the corrected sentence.)
Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a columnist for Vanity Fair and the author, most recently, of Arguably, a collection of essays.
Photograph of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf by Hasan Jamali/AFP/Getty Images.