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August 18, 2010

The Trib On The Mosque*

Before I begin, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to my friend Maria on her father's passing.

Death is always very sad.

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The Trib, this morning, quoted that level-headed, got to where she is on her own and NOT by family connections, Liz Cheney:
President Obama was for the Islamic community center/mosque a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York City before he was against it. We think. Or was he against it before he was for it? Or was he for it on constitutional grounds or ag'in it on its wisdom before he was for it on constitutional grounds and was forced to backtrack on its wisdom. Whew! How about simply calling the whole thing off?
Here's what Cheney tweeted (by way of Mike Allen at The Politico):
“I guess President Obama was for the mosque before he was against it. You can quote me. Sent from my iPhone.”
Thing is, this is all a right wing media smoke screen. No back tracking no flip flopping, though lots of misrepresentation on the media's (right wing and "mainstream").

Let's take a look at what the President actually said.

Point one. Just after pointing out that the "Constitution established the freedom of religion as the law of the land." He said:
Now, that's not to say that religion is without controversy. Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities -– particularly New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. (Applause.) And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.
That's all he said about the Mosque*

A day or so later he said:
Well, my intention was to simply let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country, we treat everybody equally, in accordance with the law. Regardless of race, regardless of religion.

I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.
I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country is about. And I think it's very important that as difficult as some of the issues are, we stay focussed on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.
Someone please show me the "back track"? It's only when you (misleadingly) project an "endorsement" onto his first statement that the second looks like "walking back."

Let me say it outright - the building is private property. They've gone through all the proper channels to build the community center and the state (either local or state or federal) has no authority to step in to veto the project merely because lots of people don't like it or don't like the faith of those who want to do it.

I would have figured this was an easy point.

So of course Dick Cheney's daughter got it wrong.

As did the Trib.

Of course.

*It's really not really a mosque - it's a community center with a prayer room in it. It's also not a Ground Zero. But let's not let the facts get in the way of a good smear.

3 comments:

jaywillie said...

An ad from National GOP Trust PAC on the Park51 center; includes footage of a body falling from one of the trade towers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjGJPPRD3u0&feature=player_embedded

I don't know how long they've had in up on YouTube, but it has over 300,000 views. According to GOPTrust.com, they haven't been able to run it on television.

Shameless and disgusting. They've taken the smear to a whole new level by implicating every American citizen who is a Muslim in the attacks on 9/11/01.

Also, notice the opening title: The Audacity of Jihad. Does that have a familiar ring to it?

Republicans are playing the worst sort of politics, but I'm sure Liz Cheney would approve.

EdHeath said...

Yes, suddenly we are at war with Sharia law, and if we allow the "Ground Zero mosque" (i.e. the Park51 community center), then we will be so disheartened that when Congress abdicates its power to Ayatollah Obama, we will be unable to resist. Shuttlecock Burqa's for all women.

jaywillie said...

Those secular atheist liberals are all about enforcing religious dogma on everyone!

Why people do not understand the difference between defending someone's right to do something and whether something is right is beyond me, though I suspect willful ignorance for the purposes of scoring political points. Regardless, someone's fundamental right to do something trumps whatever opinion someone might have about exercising that right.