Sarah sums it up

“Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3,000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade.”

Heh.

Via Althouse.

0 responses to “Sarah sums it up

  1. I would say (again, as an outsider) that the whole issue seems to be a bit overrated. Better having the folks in the open (well, with a few mikes in the walls, of course) than hidden in all kinds of nooks and crannies.

    Besides, you may want to see what Jon Stewart has to say on the subject:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-10-2010/municipal-land-use-hearing-update

    Some of it is quite true, methinks…

    • Well, from Palin’s viewpoint, it’s a great political issue which will further undercut the Dems in the fall elections. And I like that part of it just fine.

      As for the issue itself, it does seem a bit of a strange place to put one and, yes, I do question their motives.

      BTW, I never watch Stewart, but I did watch that one (thanks to your link) and I am surprised that protesting mosques is so popular across the country. Until I consider my own feelings about the incredible intolerance of this particular religion—shrouded women, honor killings, stonings of apostates, etc.

      And if I had to live in Michigan where some cities get to hear the Muezzin’s calls broadcast over loudspeakers every day, I might get really ticked off. The bells on Catholic cathedrals used to similarly bother some people, mostly Protestants and Jews.

      Freedom of religion is also freedom from religion.

      Is their being out in the open a good thing? If they were in the open, sure. But they aren’t. Who knows what goes on behind their closed doors? Well, the FBI tells us, periodically, and it usually ain’t good news.

  2. I gave it a bit more thought. In general, the way Sarah put it was right: they have a right to, but they shouldn’t – just as a matter of being tactful.

    On the other hand: if people protesting the plans for the mosque/community center could have focused on this approach, instead of heaping generic blame on Islam, I am sure that some compromise could have been worked out. As the things stand now, however, with both sides entrenched, I am afraid that the Islamic side will just exercise their right and damn the torpedoes.

  3. Um. To my mind, the Islamists never intended anything but provocation.

    Imagine, to quote a recent Bill Whittle editorial on PJTV, the Japanese coming to Pearl Harbor after the attack and buying land to build a Shinto shrine near the sunken USS Arizona. Would a delegation of local and national pols have welcomed them and preached tolerance? Of course not. We were a far less cowardly people in those days.