Tom Usher wrote or added | As a Christian, I must say that Juan Cole is absolutely correct regarding the "Founding Fathers" of the United States. The US was never a "Christian" nation, far from it (unfortunately). I agree that as a Christian, I have no right to force my religion on others. I only have the right to insist that those who voluntarily join adhere rather than attempt to distort. In fact, those who do attempt to distort it, as does Sarah Palin, are not truly members of it.
I do disagree with the premises of Juan's statement that "A monument to Usama Bin Laden or al-Qaeda would be in poor taste" at ground zero. It would be worse than in poor taste, but Juan is saying that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda masterminded and carried out 9/11 (at least all by themselves without any deliberate facilitation of "insiders," whether or not double/triple-agents..., of the US government at the time). However, this has never been substantiated, unless one is willing to accept the "findings" of 183 waterboardings, which I am not; and what's more, Osama bin Laden, who is/was no shrinking violet, never took responsibility for it. Has as been rightly pointed out many time, the FBI has had Osama bin Laden on its Most Wanted list but not for 9/11. In addition, even though it conflicts with Juan's general, mainstream "liberalism" of the non-neocon variety, 9/11 has never been properly investigated. There remain innumerable criminal leads in the case that would have been, and still would be, followed by truly uncorrupted criminal investigators of the highest order.