In the dust-up over the mosque at ground zero, we've heard a lot about rights and a lot about wisdom. One thing that we haven't heard -- or, at least, I haven't heard -- about is responsibility. Rights are about what we can do, wisdom is about what we should do, but responsibility is about what we ought to do.
Rights and responsibilities go hand-in-hand in a free society. For a pluralistic people, protecting individual liberty while working for the common good can only obtain when rights are exercised responsibly.
For example, although the KKK has the rights of free speech and assembly, they have the responsibility to not exercise those rights at the Holocaust Museum. Likewise, adults have the right to own and view sexually explicit material. But they have the responsibility to do so away from the presence of children.
In the same manner, those who would build a mosque in lower Manhattan and, especially, those promoting peace and tolerance, ought do to so with sensitivity, compassion, and respect for the victims of individuals whose actions were informed by Islamic teaching; namely, building it anywhere but on the sacred ground of those who lost their lives.