While Robert Spencer tries hard to play the role of “the cool objective scholar,” it doesn’t take much for him to break out of character to reveal his true identity: an emotional religious ideologue. Many of his articles implicitly or directly impugn events as being tainted by some diabolical conspiracy or double standards, this is particularly true when it comes to issues regarding his religion, Christianity such as in this particular case:
Spencer posted an article titled, “Ground Zero mosque moves forward, Ground Zero church in limbo” by Mark Impomeni for the right-wing website Human Events.
“Why is New York City throwing roadblocks in front of the rebuilding of a church that stood for decades at the site now known as Ground Zero, while moving heaven and earth to clear away all obstacles to building an Islamic supremacist mega-mosque there?”
A week ago Spencer also posted an article about this Church, “Nine years later church at Ground Zero still not built, but mad rush to build Islamic Supremacist mega-mosque.” In it he reveals that his mother was “baptized at the Church” and the New York Times article he quotes states,
Last July, the Port Authority and the Greek Orthodox Church announced a tentative plan to rebuild the church just east of its original site, at Liberty and Greenwich Streets. The authority agreed to provide the church with land for a 24,000-square-foot house of worship, far larger than the original, and $20 million. Since the church would be built in a park over the bomb-screening center, the authority also agreed to pay up to $40 million for a blast-proof platform and foundation.
In recent negotiations, the authority cut the size of the church slightly and told church officials that its dome could not rise higher than the trade center memorial.
The bold portion is from Robert Spencer, who seems to think that there is some conspiracy to deny the building of the Church. However, this made up grievance overlooks the previous paragraph which states,
Last July, the Port Authority and the Greek Orthodox Church announced a tentative plan to rebuild the church just east of its original site, at Liberty and Greenwich Streets. The authority agreed to provide the church with land for a 24,000-square-foot house of worship, far larger than the original, and $20 million.
That’s right, the Church is going to be bigger than it was before, it is going to get money from the Port Authority, but Spencer overlooks all of that. For him, the fact that the Port Authority has said that it does not want the dome to rise higher than the memorial (a construction/zoning issue) is a slap in the face and reaks of “double standards.” Imagine if there was a mosque in the place of a Church, what tune do you think Spencer would be singing then?