Elite liberals are out of touch with 70% of Americans on the Ground Zero mosque issue, in part because they lack credibility. They've been actively hostile to one religion, Christianity, and now suddenly they become the defenders of another, while ignoring the fact that a chunk of Islam has declared war on America, and, ahem, New York-- and did so at the World Trade Center site.
All religions in practice are flawed, but some are more flawed than others. Funny that the intelligentsia can't see important differences.
The founder of Christianity was the original formulator of the difference between Church and State. He did say that his kingdom "was not of this world," and to render unto Caesar those things which are Caesar's, and to God, God's. Jesus was also notably a man of peace.
The founder of Islam was a man of war. There's no getting around that. He also believed that Islam must become the State. Even moderate Muslims believe in sharia law, which is thoroughly incompatible with liberal society.
There are also misconceptions about the history of Islam in Spain. This is where the opening to "El Cid" is important. Moderate, highly cultured Islam was rejected and destroyed by Islam itself. The first scene of the movie is about this. The dialogue could've been written about today.
The moderates in our time need to reject the all-conquering version of Islam if they expect to be taken seriously. One way to do this is to embrace "El Cid" and its theme. It'd be nice if elite liberals did as well.