In his New York Times column (August 22), Nicholas Kristof
wrote about the controversy over the proposal to build an Islamic
community center in lower Manhattan: "For much of American history,
demagogues have manipulated irrational fears toward people of minority
religious beliefs, particularly Catholics and Jews . . . Today's
crusaders against the Islamic Community Center are promoting a similar
paranoid intolerance, and one day we will be ashamed of it."
column reminded me that members of my family, showing the influence of
their Scottish/Irish ancestors, believed that the pope was behind a
Catholic conspiracy to take over the government of the United States.