Is freedom of religion still a valued principle in America? "The Ground Zero mosque is only one of several mosques that are being strongly opposed. Opposition to mosques is on the rise...Several proposed Islamic centers, including one near Ground Zero, have touched off a heated nationwide debate that raises questions about the state of religious tolerance in post-9/11 America," says Ron Scherer. "Opposition over mosque building appears to be at a new high and follows a recent string of thwarted terror plots involving American Muslims, say experts. Muslim leaders say the protests are built on bigotry and ignorance, while opponents say they have legitimate concerns over Islamic militancy."