Saturday, August 14, 2010

Quote of the day

“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”

That was from the President and in defense of the proposed mosque at Ground Zero. President Obama made these remarks on Friday as he hosted an iftar at the White House kicking off Ramadan.

What the President said got us to thinking about this whole thing and the lecturing we've been receiving from the left regarding the opposition to the mosque: it is in no way inconsistent to simultaneously believe that building the mosque there is an abjectly horrible idea and acknowledge that as long as zoning requirements are met, there is not a damn thing, legally speaking, that should be done to prevent this mosque from being built.

So, with that in mind, we ask our friends on the left to join us in welcoming, nay, actively supporting Greg Gutfeld's gay Muslim bar that will be built as close as possible to the mosque in order to build bridges of understanding, or something. The left has been a shining example of what constitutes tolerance and religious freedom here in America with respect to this mosque, so we are positive that they will be with us on Gutfeld's bar. And, yes, we have to go there: Bottoms up!

Exit question: Considering this is the first time he had said anything about the mosque, was his timing, doing so at the iftar, shameless pandering or totally appropriate?


B-Daddy said...

My answer, shameless pandering after looking at the polling data. But this will come back to haunt him. It is all well and good to address the issue of religious freedom, but why wouldn't he use the office of the Presidency to seek to defuse an incendiary situation of far more national import than say a minor police matter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The suffering of the families of victims of 9/11 continues, but Obama seems to care not a wit about that.

The difference in approach are instructive. Both the Muslims building the mosque, excuse me religious center, and the police in Cambridge acted within their legal authority and obligation; in one case Obama chose to say that the police acted stupidly, but in the other he emphasized the legal issue. One can only conclude that the emphasis is dependent on the racial, ethnic or religious make up of those involved.

Finally, there are unanswered questions about the sources of funding for this center, and its true purpose, that potentially will embarrass the President when those answers are revealed.

Anonymous said...

IMO, Obama clearly misses the point of contention.

Obama's argument is that Muslims have a right to build there religeous establishments wherever they please as long as it is legal. Thus, they should build a mosque.

What Obama whiffs on is that building the mosque is a deliberate provocation to this country given the site location.

Again, just because you can do something, doesnt mean you should do something.

Anonymous said...

it would be like deliberately building a gay bar across the street from a mosque

(fist bumps chest)
(points to greg gutfeld)

Dean said...

drozz, Si!