Jack Shafer writes
... if Ground Zero belongs to those who suffered and died there, why is Larry Silverstein building on it? Because he acquired the site. The place is not sacred. It's profane. Just look at the property records. All of this talk about hallowed ground is a lame attempt to leverage ownership of 9/11—something that can't be owned, I've already insisted—and to commandeer the collective memory of the attacks.
If Silverstein had, by now, rebuilt the site and it was a bustling business area then the Park51 Islamic center would generate very little attention (even by Pam Geller). But the place hasn't been rebuilt, and because it still looks like a recently evacuated battlefield, some commentators feel free to say it's "hallowed" and to make political hay.