Barry Rubin provides excellent perspective on the ongoing dispute over the Ground Zero mosque in New York. He notes that this is a project that should never have gotten off the ground, for a number of excellent reasons that have nothing/nothing to do with religion:
-- "The developer has a bad record and is incapable of implementing the project, the financing isn’t there, and they don’t even own half the property in question."
-- The imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, turns out to be a slumlord: "the owner of two New Jersey apartment buildings where he has refused to make repairs, endangering tenants' lives, and now is defying a court."
The tradeoff on this project is not between freedom of religion and protecting the sensitivities of 9/11 families. Rather, it's between good governance and breaking the rules to pander to people perceived to be influential, such as not-so-moderate Imam Rauf.
Read Rubin's piece for more details.