We don't know how we missed this, but we did. Back on August 15 Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D), on CNN’s State of the Union, put forth a hard truth:
NADLER: [W]hat they are saying essentially is how can you put a mosque there when, after all, Muslims attacked us on 9/11, and this is ripping open a wound? Well, the fallacy is that Al Qaida attacked us. Islam did not attack us. Islam, like Christianity, like Judaism, like other religions, has many different people, some of whom regard other adherents of the religion as heretics of one sort or another. It is only insensitive if you regard Islam as the culprit, as opposed to Al Qaida as the culprit. We were not attacked by all Muslims. And there were Muslims who were killed there, there were Muslims who were killed there. There were Muslims who ran in as first responders to help. And we cannot take any position like that.
CNN characterized Nadler's remarks as applying to right-wing opponents, but we have been applying the same logic to all who oppose Park51, including 9/11 family members. It is this latter inclusion that has earned us considerable disapprobation.
We who lost loved ones on 9/11 are not exempt from the responsibility of speaking thoughtfully and acting morally, without letting emotion trump logic. Because people tend to listen to us carefully, given the moral weight of our loss, we should be more careful than most in our speech, especially about issues that give rise to extraordinary media attention.
There are 2 equations buried in Nadler's words. They are false equations that opponents of Park51 carry within themselves, whether they are aware of them or not: "Islam = Terrorist" and "Muslim = Terrorist"
Neither is true, and people should carefully examine how they feel about these false equations. It you find them 'correct' then there is something logically wrong with your thinking, whoever you are.