Short answer: Yes
Recently, I asked if there had been a recent uptick in people protesting Islam and the building of mosques. The Times says yep, ‘fraid so:
“While a high-profile battle rages over a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, heated confrontations have also broken out in communities across the country where mosques are proposed for far less hallowed locations.
Moreover, “In all of the recent conflicts, opponents have said their problem is Islam itself.
They quote passages from the Koran and argue that even the most Americanized Muslim secretly wants to replace the Constitution with Islamic Shariah law.
“These local skirmishes make clear that there is now widespread debate about whether the best way to uphold America’s democratic values is to allow Muslims the same religious freedom enjoyed by other Americans, or to pull away the welcome mat from a faith seen as a singular threat.”
Widespread debate? It sounds more like one side making their case in public and the other side being privately dismayed about it. I rather think those people who disagree with this interpretation of Islam and religious freedom will need to get off the internet and take their case to the streets too. Because the other case is now being made.