During the national debate over the wisdom of developers locating a mosque near Ground Zero, proponents of the mosque kept calling it a community center. I thought that was to soften the impact of the term ‘mosque’ when it was used in conjunction with a site attacked by Islamists who killed thousands of innocent civilians. But that was before I after read about a grant application and a White House executive order.
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Updated on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11:27PM by Kay B. Day, Editor
The preacher over in Dover has agreed to cancel the Quran bonfire. He announced his decision Thursday. The preacher was under the impression that the imam would move the Ground Zero mosque. “He has agreed to move it,” the preacher said of the globetrotting (at US taxpayer expense) imam.
Not so fast, Preacher.
Is there an end in sight for the blowup over the preacher in Dover (Fla.) and the imam courted by the political class?
Right now as highly significant elections loom and the unemployment rate does the same, pundits and national leaders appear to be obsessed with a Quran burner and a ‘mosqueteer.’ All this attention was fanned by President Barack Obama’s White House Ramadan dinner speech when he, perhaps a little caught up in the passion of the moment, expounded on a subject every American knows intimately—the rights of Muslims to worship as they please.
Dr. Ron Paul is one of those statesmen unafraid to say what he really believes, one reason he inspires so many supporters including constituents who keep voting for him. He is also one of the few established congressmen whose convictions are not prisoner to party ideology. Many appreciate Paul’s approach to the financial crisis, and his defiant call for free market principles when everyone else is blowing up the government balloon until it’s tight enough to pop. But on the subject of the Ground Zero Mosque, I both disagree and agree with him.
Dr. Paul had an intellectual meltdown about that mosque.
President Barack Obama set off a firestorm when he lit the fuse of a religious bomb during the White House celebration of Ramadan in August. Muslims believe Ramadan was the season when the Koran was revealed.
Obama’s Ramadan message was directed specifically to Muslims and after the speech, the Ground Zero Mosque jumped to the top of the national debate.
But there should have been a debate more than a year earlier, shortly after our president took office. In April, 2009, Obama sought a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. Virtually no media—right, left or in between—reported or opined on that decision. And it’s that decision, in my opinion, that was worthy of debate then and it is worthy of debate now because of Resolution 7/19.
At the moment the national debate is centered on plans for a mosque at Ground Zero.
The mosque is referred to by government-allied media as a cultural center but to anyone who can tell the difference between fire and water, it’s a mosque. President Barack Obama started this war of words with an unnecessary statement of support during the White House celebration of Ramadan. So far, more Democrats than Republicans have been tainted by the fallout—something happening more frequently between our president and his leftwing congressional leaders. But there's more to the mosquerade than Obama's remarks.
Updated on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 2:27PM by Kay B. Day, Editor
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) apparently agrees with most conservatives’ legal stance on the Ground Zero mosque. Pelosi cited the “right of people in our country to express their religious beliefs on their property.”
However, Pelosi and former White House communications director Anita Dunn have criticized Americans’ political response. Many of us take issue with building a mosque blocks from where 3,000 civilians and first responders died nearly nine years ago. Pelosi said there has been “a concerted effort to make this a political issue.”
The California congresswoman has questioned how opposition to the mosque has been funded. Pelosi could easily answer that question—there is a minimum of $40 billion fueling the opposition, and in truth, there is far more than that behind it.