That was then: Catholics in America. This is now: Muslims in America.
What Notre Dame historians John McGreevy and Scott Appleby--who identify themselves "[a]s historians of American Catholicism, and Catholics"--have to say about "the Mosque Controversy", here, is well worth considering.
"The American River Ganges," Thomas Nast's
1875 cartoon showing Catholic priests as crocodiles attacking the United
States to devour the nation's school children.