Monday, August 16, 2010

Harry Reid Agrees, Build Mosque Some Place Else

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, sensing the ire building among many Americans of a decision to allow the construction of a mega mosque and Muslim cultural center just two blocks from Ground Zero and at the very site where the engine of one of the hijacked planes flown into the World Trace Center Towers came to a rest, has called on those behind Cordoba House to build their mosque elsewhere. "The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Senator Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else," said a statement from Reid spokesman Jim Manley. Reid is in a fight for his own political survival as he battles a candidate propelled to the Republican nomination by the tea party movement, Sharron Angle, who had earlier called on Reid to take a position on the mosque. President Barack Hussein Obama at first endorsed the Ground Zero mosque during a White House dinner with Muslims to mark Ramadan, but later retracted his statement, saying he offered no opinion on the wisdom of locating the mosque at this particular location. Democrats have largely backed the plan to build the mosque at this particular site and have accused Republicans of fomenting anti-Muslim bigotry by making it a political issue.

Locally, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, one of only two Muslim members of Congress, waded into the debate on the side of building Cordoba House. WRTV's Norm Cox reports on the divide in opinion between Carson and local veterans:

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, one two members of the Muslim faith currently serving in Congress, told 6News' Norman Cox it's a question of distinguishing between religious extremists and moderates who are peace-loving and want to contribute to America.

"Are we a country of laws and principles? Or are we a country who will be moved by the winds of emotion each and every time there are issues that come up to divert us from the true meaning and intent of the founding fathers?" Carson said.

The proposal calls for the building an Islamic education center and mosque two blocks from the site of ground zero.

President Barack Obama originally seemed to support for the plan, saying Friday, "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. That includes the right to build a place of worship."
But he clarified his position on Saturday, saying he wasn't weighing in on the mosque proposal specifically.

"I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," he said. "I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding."

Several members at American Legion Post 497 on Indianapolis west side said they think the plan is insensitive because the terrorists who struck the buildings in 2001 were Islamic extremists.

"They have a right to build a mosque, however, think it's an insult to build it so close to the ground zero by the religious group that all of the terrorists who committed 9-11 belonged to," said Ron Steele.

"It's just like a bar. There's a board that says they can't build a bar within so many feet of a church. Why should they be able to build a mosque so close to ground zero when Iran was responsible for it, or Iraq?" said Steve Schachte.
WRTV is conducting an online survey asking viewers, "Do you agree with plans to build a mosque near ground zero? Of those responding, 84% answered no compared to only 11% who answered yes. Five percent were unsure.


DMC said...

As much as I'd prefer that no more houses of worship be built, ever, they're NOT building a mosque but a community center. Congratulations, republicans, for once again distracting the American peopler with a shiny object.

Gary R. Welsh said...

It is both a mosque and a community center.

Downtown Indy said...

I remember when our right to inquire why our representative vanished from public view - for months before it was leaked she was dying - was blocked.

The explanation was that we should be compassionate and respectful of the situation.

Why did that ideology get shelved all of a sudden?

Marycatherine Barton said...

Benjamin Franklin predicted that as time went by, Americans would be too corrupt to be able to be in a position to protect and defend the Constitution. Regret any diminution of our freedom to worship, if it is agreed upon by both the unprincipled Harry Reid, D, and R., Neut Gingrich (known by his staff as sociopath, much to his amusement).

To spend time with an uncorrupted Muslim, who is nothing like Ballard and TOJO's Adbul, check out Hasid Abdul Khasliq of he also gives a very sincere and dignified approach to a discussion at the ugly truth podcast of Aug. 14, about the brewing anti-islamic hysteria in America.

dcrutch said...

My guess is a demographic no-brainer for Reid. How many Islamic voters is he going to lose in Nevada? Nine?

Jon Easter said...

Whether you agree with it or not is not the issue. The Constitution is the issue.

Unfortunately, the Majority Leader in the Senate doesn't understand the meaning of his own oath.

Gary R. Welsh said...

This doesn't have anything to do with religious freedom, Jon. And Muslims are the last people on the face of this earth to preach religious freedom when they don't practice it themselves it any way, shape or form. It's funny how people on the Left in this country trash people of the Christian faith all the time when they claim to be exercising their religious freedom, but let the Muslims, who have total antipathy to personal freedoms and rights of others yell intolerance, and you all jump to their defense.