Months ago, a New York community board approved plans to build Park 51, a Muslim community center, in lower Manhattan. A year ago, local Jewish and Christian community leaders endorsed the project, and it even got the approval of a national religious sect - Fox News.

Months ago, a New York community board approved plans to build Park 51, a Muslim community center, in lower Manhattan. A year ago, local Jewish and Christian community leaders endorsed the project, and it even got the approval of a national religious sect - Fox News.

But soon the discussion became not about their right to build a place of worship, but about where they were building it.

"I'm quite happy if they'd come in and said they want to build a community center near Central Park," Newt Gingrich said.

We love mosques. We are mosqueteers. We barbecue on weekends using mosqueite. We love mosques, just not where you want to put them.

The argument was about being sensitive to the location's meaning for so many who lost so much there. And it's a fair question for the mosque's opponents to raise, but that argument took a subtle turn.

"The issue here is not religious freedom and it is not people worshiping God through the Islamic religion. That's wonderful, but we're establishing, literally, a command center for terrorism right at the 9/11 site," said former Clinton adviser Dick Morris.

I'm for freedom of religion. I'm just saying this religion is dominated by women-stoning suicide bombers, that's all.

Even though many innocent Muslims also died in the towers and the Pentagon (which has a mosque with no problems), you feel there should not be a mosque down there.

Symbolically, it doesn't sit well with you, and I can accept that and respect that argument.

But you lose me with arguments like Eric Bolling of Fox's "Money Rocks" saying Park 51's Imam Rauf has "loose" ties to groups like Perdana, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and even Iran.

Or when Brian Kilmeade of "Fox & Friends" says, "The next Hamburg cell could be right downtown."

The very fact that the trade center bombing could have been hatched from Hamburg means they don't have to be next to it when they plan.

And "may have ties to people who might have bad ideas that may end up getting money from relatives of people" is a dangerous game of guilt by association. It's like six degrees of people who don't eat bacon.

Let's try it with Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News. He has ties to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who owns the second largest share of NewsCorp outside the Murdoch family.

They say he's a liberal Muslim, but he's a member of the Saudi royal family, which may have ties to funding Wahhabist mosques, the same brand of Islam practiced by some of the terrorists.

And he may have business dealings with the Carlyle Group, whose clients include the Bin Laden family, one of whose sons - I'm not going to say which son - may be anti-American. I'm just connecting the dots here.

So when you make the connections by using the same criteria used by "Fox & Friends," the only thing you can come up with is Fox News is a terrorist command center.