02 September 2010

Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque Controversy

Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque Controversy, by R. Scott Appleby and John T. McGreevy (New York Review of Books, 27 August 2010)

Alternate Link: Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque (New York Review of Books, 30 September 2010)

Excerpt:

As historians of American Catholicism, and Catholics, we are concerned to see the revival of a strain of nativism in the current controversy over the establishment of an Islamic center some blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

For much of the nineteenth century Catholics in America were the unassimilated, sometimes violent “religious other.” Often they did not speak English or attend public schools. Some of their religious women—nuns—wore distinctive clothing. Their religious practices and beliefs—from rosaries to transubstantiation—seemed to many Americans superstitious nonsense.




Alternate Link: Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque


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