I have been avoiding the fact that the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" is not a mosque but a community center with a basket ball court, swimming pool, cooking classes, and with the top two floors devoted to prayer.
I have done so on the grounds that I do not want to get into suggesting that an appropriate response is, "It's not a mosque, so then it's okay."
No. Even if it WERE a mosque, the protests against it amount to hate-mongering bigotry.
However, there is another relevant moral issue related to the fact that this is a community center and not a mosque.
It means that these hate-mongering bigots who use the term are lying.
They could not muster enough hate (and obtain sufficient political and economic contributions for themselves and their allies) by telling the truth, so they decided to lie.
They decided to package a community center as a mosque because this particular packaging - this false advertising - this "bearing false witness" - generates more hatred than the truth.
While I do not want to get into promoting the fallacy that, "It is a community center and not a mosque so that's okay."
I do think it is important to point out that, "The people we are protesting this are not only bigots, and the most public of them are hate-mongering bigots (people who sell hatred of a group for political or economic gain). A substantial portion of them are LYING hate-mongering bigots.
America deserves better citizens than this. Actually, everybody deserves better neighbors than this.