There seem to be three types of people who oppose the Park51 Islamic center (the so-called ground zero mosque). First, there are those who are shamefully exploiting public fear and prejudice for political gain. Second, there are people who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attacks. Their legitimate anger is being misdirected toward people who mean them no harm. The third and largest group are simply bigots.
Journalist Fareed Zakaria has some intelligent and well-researched thoughts on this matter: