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Here is Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League explaining why Americans should all become anti-Muslim bigots over a planned Muslim center a few blocks from Ground Zero....
"But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain—unnecessarily—and that is not right.
Even though the Constitution of the U.S. outlines that all Americans, all religions have equal rights, Foxman suggests that, at least sometimes, those "rights" are not "right"......which also suggests that the foundational contract of our country is optional.
Journeyman Patriot, Joe Lieberman.....
"Well, I guess I'd say I'm troubled by it. But I don't know enough to say it ought to be prohibited. But frankly I've heard enough about it, and read enough about it, that I wish someone in New York would just put the brakes on it for a while and take a look at this.
...if the people building this large Islamic center are just looking to build a large facility and house of worship and center in New York, why so close to 9/11, with all the sensitivity associated with that..."?
Joementum doesn't "know enough" to make a thorough evaluation of the disagreement....but he "knows enough" to conclude that New Yorkers should "put the brakes on" when it comes to equal treatment of Muslims under the law. Joementum is being extra sensitive towards American Muslims....dontcha' know?
The leader of the Republican Party, entertainer, Rush Limbaugh....
Rush Limbaugh said that because of the project, alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed won't "have an impossible time" getting a "sympathetic jury" if he is tried in New York.
If the Muslims in New York are permitted to build a Muslim Center within blocks of Ground Zero......then it will be "impossible" to convict the perpetrators of 9-11 in New York.
It is deep, visionary wisdom like that which keeps Dittoheads coming back for more.
Other Republican celebrities.....
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called the proposed Islamic center "very offensive" and "wrong." Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called on "peaceful Muslims" to "refudiate" the Ground Zero mosque. And, criticizing the proposal, former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued that the U.S. should model itself after a non-democratic country. "There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia," he said, calling the ASMA and the Cordoba Initiative "hostile to our civilization."
Peter King thinks it's just wrong for American Muslims to be treated equally with, say, American Jews and Christians. Palin calls on all "peaceful Muslims" to "refudiate" the N.Y. Islamic Center.....those American Muslims who don't "refudiate" the Center....according to the Thrilla' from Wasilla, must not be "peaceful".
Newton Gingrich, ever the "thinker", believes that America should have recognized landmarks of "holiness"....just like Saudia Arabia has. Not sure whether Gingrich wants us to adopt Saudia Arabia's laws regarding the treatment of women. Peaceful American Muslim organizatons are, in Newt's twisted brain, "hostile to our civilization."
What the heck is this all about?
For going on 2 years now, Republicans and Republican celebrities have been exclusively targeting their extreme-right base of voters. There have been little-to-no attempts to attract moderate, non-extemist voters. All of the seemingly insane statements circulated by conservatives and elected GOP officials....like the recent call to rescind the 14th amendment, for example....is for the sole purpose of maintaining peak-wingnut voter enthusiasm leading up to November 2nd.
To Republicans, then, it's all about the continual hate-baiting of white, primarily Christian, voters. Something former President George W. Bush, to his credit, fought against in the early months following 9-11.
However, what I think stands out more than anything else in this wingnut flareup, is the appeal to "sensitivities" to justify cafeteria-style lawlessness and the denial of equal rights to Muslims in America.
Question: When did it become popular or acceptable to reject the rule of law in America and replace that rule of law with national "sensitivity" benchmarks?