Feisal Abdul-Rauf's got 2 allies, both alleged conservatives
"The support for criticizing a mosque is half a mile wide and an inch deep," conservative activist Grover Norquist warned. "And at the end of the process, the only people who will remember it are the people who feel threatened by this -- not just Muslims, but Sikhs, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons."So let's see, Norquist is drawing a moral equation between Islam and everyone else. May we point out that many Jews have a problem with the mosque as well, and are among the 70 percent of the public who oppose it?
Good to see that J. Michael Waller at Big Peace has also mentioned Norquist's latest attempt to meddle.
The second one is none other than Ron Paul (Hat tip: Power Line), who coughed out the following:
It has been said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are “fiddling while the economy burns.”So he's inciting hatred towards neo-cons, all the while supporting dhimmitude, and he even seems to condone Abdul-Rauf's own claims that US policy in the mideast is what brought the 9-11 attacks:
The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.
Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from “ground zero.”
Just think of what might (not) have happened if the whole issue had been ignored and the national debate stuck with war, peace, and prosperity. There certainly would have been a lot less emotionalism on both sides. The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?
In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.
They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars.
If it became known that 9/11 resulted in part from a desire to retaliate against what many Muslims saw as American aggression and occupation, the need to demonize Islam would be difficult if not impossible.Ugh, does this man sicken me to no end! The GOP would do well to distance him from the party already, because he brings nothing to the table but pure aggravation.
There is no doubt that a small portion of radical, angry Islamists do want to kill us but the question remains, what exactly motivates this hatred?
If Islam is further discredited by making the building of the mosque the issue, then the false justification for our wars in the Middle East will continue to be acceptable.
Update: more about this from News Real Blog.