Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Patrick Buchanan and Justin Raimondo on the "Ground Zero 'Mosque'"

The former rather scarily argues that "if the president believes the Constitution decides this issue with finality, he is profoundly mistaken" — Culture Jihad — while the latter wisely finds it "hard to believe that a national campaign led by lunatics has taken off with such momentum" — Cordoba House: The Acid Test. Of this "manufactured controversy" Mr. Raimondo asks, "manufactured by whom, and for what purpose?" He writes:
    Is it me, or does anyone else find it passing strange that – at a time when conservatives are on the ascendant, with this administration’s increasingly unpopular economic program under attack from all sides – that the American right-wing is taking up yet another nasty-minded "cultural" issue? Forget the bank bailouts, don’t worry about the nationalization of large swathes of the American economy (banking, healthcare, housing), and try to forget that China owns us – what’s really really wrong with America is that the New York City government is allowing a mosque to be built with a four-block radius of where the World Trade Center once stood.
He also reminds us that "it isn’t a mosque," that "there are already mosques in the vicinity," and that "the group behind the project is not Wahabi – the Saudis’ strict sect – but Sufi, the most peaceful and anti-jihadist of the various strains of Islam."

The Catholic Fascist The American Catholic weighs in — Rank and File Conservatives & The Conservative Intelligentsia United In Outrage Over Mosque Near Ground Zero, Not So With Same-Sex Marriage.

(Mr. Raimondo supported Mr. Buchanan's three presidential runs and gave the nomination speech for the third — Buchananism or Barbarism; Mr. Buchanan wrote the forward to the second edition of Mr. Raimondo's tome — The Old Right and the Future of Conservatism.)

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Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

I walk past the spot on a regular basis. I only realized last week where it is actually located. It's a very unassuming place.

I get a kick out of the rest of the country / world making such a big deal out of this. We actually have to live with it.

Where are the rest of y'all from again? haha!

(But Josh, when you come to NYC, you're still getting some pints)

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

They should be able to build the mosque -- or Islamic cultural center or whatever it's supposed to be.

If they're Sufi, however, I won't be surprised if some Sunni-sect Islamists try to blow it up or crash an airplane into it...

9:50 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

"Where are the rest of y'all from again? haha!"

I agree with the sentiment. New Yorkers, especially Lower Manhattanites, should be the ones to decide. Glad to know the offer for pints still stands!

Abdul, if we're going to have Muslims, let them be Sufis.

The idea of allowing Muslim immigration and then curtailing their freedom of religion (and this is the only instance of that in tolerant America, unlike intolerant Europe) seems to be putting the cart before the horse.

The Feds, who have power over who gets let in, should simply deny visas and green cards to people from religiously, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically different lands, if not everywhere.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

Also -- the Feds should only allow Sufi Muslims to enter the U.S.

After extensive research comparing Sunni, Shiite, and Sufi Muslims, I have come to the following conclusion:

Sufis are the ONLY true Muslims; all others are heretics!

9:53 AM  

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