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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Should anyone be surprised?

If anyone needed proof just how out of touch with America and the West the President of the United States is, that proof came on Friday night. Barack Hussein Obama came out in favor of building a mosque on the graves of three thousand Americans on Ground Zero.
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.
A survey I saw last week said that 68% of Americans oppose the construction of a mosque on Ground Zero. I cannot remember the last Presidential election in which a candidate got 68% of the vote. Richard Nixon won 60.7% of the popular vote in 1972. Lyndon Johnson won 61.1% in 1964. Those were the largest majorities I can remember. 68% of Americans oppose a mosque on Ground Zero. Should we be surprised? Unfortunately, no. Here's what State Senator Barack Obama had to say in 2001 (why didn't this come out during the 2008 campaign?) (Hat Tip: Will):
"We should also examine the foreign policies of the U.S. to make sure that we occupy the moral high ground in these conflicts. In particular, we have to examine some of the root causes of this terrorist activity."
Should anyone be surprised that he favors putting a mosque there today?

Much more on this story here (Hat Tip: Memeorandum and follow the links).


This is particularly worth reading.


At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the center is not exactly on ground zero...it is a few blocks away...so it is not on the "graves" of 3000 americans

what obama talked about was freedom of religion, and he pointedly stated that he wouldnt speak to the wisdom of building the center where it is to be built.

obama is the president of all americans...not just the non muslims

he has also taken an oath to uphold the constitution...and in that document there is this nasty thing called the equal protection clause

doesnt matter if 100 percent of americans are against the building of the center...unless there is a local ordinance that states it cannot be built where it will be (and that ordinance also is the same for all buildings used for worship) you cannot stop it.


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