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Friday, August 13, 2010
UPDATED: “I believe Muslims have the right to build a place of worship . . . on private property in lower Manhattan”
Obviously yielding to the great political pressure applied by this very blog, the president now says he does not have a position on whether it is appropriate to build a mosque at Ground Zero.
Really? First of all, did you see his enthusiastic support stated during a Ramadan celebration of all times (see video link below)? And why not take a position? Not that I often look to Sarah Palin for support, but she had a good quip here: "We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade."
I don't know whether to be disgusted by his cowardice or impressed by his ability to backtrack better than Michael Jackson ever did.
Certainly, America stands for the free exercise of religion. Indeed, America stands for many rights. However, just like your high school civics teacher taught, no constitutional right is absolute, and each must be exercised with due regard to the rights and sensibilities of others. The construction of the mosque at that location demonstrates an utter disregard for what that land has come to mean to all of us. It’s one thing for the Muslim builders of the mosque to ignore the concerns of others, but for the President of the United States to not only ignore them but to so unnecessarily sanction the mosque's construction, simply shocks the conscience. Indeed, his remarks in support of the mosque make little mention of the bravery of those who died there less than nine years ago, nor of the suffering of their families.
Not completely unexpected from Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, but appalling nonetheless.