You all do realize that Rick Scott, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani are all sleeper agents working on the orders of Al Queda as part of a plot to stir up incidents against Muslims in the US leading to both internal dissent and external condemnation, right? By using highly placed Al Queda “assets” like Palin and Gingrich, they were able to draw out the President, forcing him to make a (mild) statement defending the constitutional right to build a community center in lower-Manhattan. Once Obama went on record about the subject, they moved to step two, distorting his remarks and reframing it as “Obama’s Mosque,” while dropping not so subtle reminders about the President’s “exotic” background. This has further stirred up Red State hate and could lead to their ultimate goal — assassination and suspension of ALL constitutional rights.
This deal with the devil was predicted in the original film version of The Manchurian Candidate when Angela Lansberry finally explains to her son the plot that will lead to her sides’ being “swept into the White House with “such powers that will make martial law seem like anarchy.” That’s one way to prevent socialism and thwart the liberal agenda. (Anyone know if Pam Geller has kids?)
Apparently people all over the country are upset about some pro forma decision made by a local community board in my town not to give landmark status to an old coat factory and to instead permit a religious organization to build a Y type community center. You wouldn’t think this would have a big effect outside of the immediate neighborhood, but I guess Manhattan really is the center of the universe or something.
My better half sent an oldie but goody around. It’s a piece from The Onion from 2007 referencing the ethnic and religious diversity of Queens (the borough of dreams), relevant today, especially given Mayor Bloomberg’s recent eloquent speech in which he gave a shout out to the Flushing Remonstrance in his explanation of why New Yorkers support the building of a community center and mosque in lower-Manhattan.
So happy weekend to all however you celebrate and enjoy the links.
Regarding the issue of building a new community center in lower-Manhattan:
New Yorkers are a peaceful people. Even in the midst of Post 9/11 hysteria, hundreds of thousands of us came out to protest the war in Iraq.
We are tolerant of different religions and customs. Clerks in department stores say, “Happy Holidays,” not because they are anti-Christmas or Christian, but because it’s inclusive and courteous given the diversity of our city. Go to Jackson Heights and you’ll see Indians and Pakistanis who share a culture, if not a religion living peacefully side by side.
We are even tolerant of the many visitors from other parts of the country who believe that “Ground Zero” is a tourist attraction.
But we have no tolerance for people like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin who have taken it upon themselves to lecture us and bully us about how we should live. We’re also not too crazy about warmongering former mayors, who snicker at our “cosmopolitan” ways to prove their Republican street cred, weighing in on this either, and we despise the hypocrisy of suburban congressmen who have their own checkered history of support for violent terrorists.
In our city, building decisions are made locally by community boards consisting of people who actually live in the community. It’s none of your business where a religious institution wants to build a community center or house of worship. We think it’s bigoted and goes against our values to suggest to a church, synagogue, mosque, Buddhist or Hindu temple, etc. that they are not wanted or “don’t belong” on a particular street or in a particular neighborhood.
We understand your “values” may be different than ours. They may in fact be different from those of the founding fathers of our country, and you certainly have a right to hold those opinions however repugnant we find them. But we also have a constitutional right to tell you to shut the &*%@ up already and stop telling us how we should live our lives.