Monday, August 23, 2010

Last Words on the Manufactured "Ground Zero 'Mosque'" Controversy

The Honorable Congressman Ron Paul suggests "it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it" — Demagoguing the Mosque. "They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill-conceived preventative wars," he writes. An excerpt from later in the essay:
    Conservatives are once again, unfortunately, failing to defend private property rights, a policy we claim to cherish. In addition conservatives missed a chance to challenge the hypocrisy of the left which now claims they defend property rights of Muslims, yet rarely if ever, the property rights of American private businesses.

    Defending the controversial use of property should be no more difficult than defending the 1st Amendment principle of defending controversial speech. But many conservatives and liberals do not want to diminish the hatred for Islam – the driving emotion that keeps us in the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.

    It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society – protecting liberty.
Conservative Heritage Times' Patroon goes even deeper, suggesting that "we’re becoming like France, which believes it can solve its Muslim dilemma by regulating what Muslims wear instead dealing with the root problem of this whole matter: immigration" — Behind the mosque.

He suggests "rather than engage in another suicide mission to change the Constitution, perhaps the best way is to revisit the 1965 Immigration Act now that Ted Kennedy is no longer around to defend it." Also, he says that "a non-intervention foreign policy would help as well," noting "that every place the U.S. military intervenes its residents find their way to American shores."

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Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

Where y'all live again? Haha!

I can see the spot from my window at work. Walk past it a few times a week.

I'm not too happy about this, however I think we got to be honest with ourselves here:

If only the most energetic protestors had used that energy for the past ten years (re)evangelizing this city, and our politicians stepped up to encourage real growth a while ago, we likely wouldn't be in this mess.

Why didn't my fellow Christians get together to build a Christian cultural center and memorial on the spot years ago?

Why didn't politicians work with investors to bring back business in that blighted street?

It's easy to throw stones at others. It's apparently a lot harder to accept that the fact 8 million New Yorkers fiddled for a decade.

12:03 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

By all means, let the matter be decided in New York City! National neocons like Sarah Palin should "refudiate" their involvement in this issue.

It's a local matter. That it's been made a national issue is beyond silly. If Salt Lake City wanted to zone away a gay bathhouse and the Castro District of San Francisco wanted to zone away a branch of Rev. Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church, so be it.

What do most New Yorkers think about it? From the second article: "Nobody seemed to care before that there were mosques in New York City because, as [Chronicles editor Thomas] Fleming says, it ceased being an entirely-American city by World War I and probably long before that."

I say, let lower Manhattanites decide. To quote Norman Mailer from his NYC mayoral candiidacy: "Power to the neighborhoods!"

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

I too think it's a local issue.

It's also telling that the conservative establishment is dedicating its limited activist energies to the Mosque rather than to the Prop. 8 ruling.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

A very good point: "It's also telling that the conservative establishment is dedicating its limited activist energies to the Mosque rather than to the Prop. 8 ruling." Why?

1:02 AM  

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