Forgive my laughter, but I’m all outraged out. And since the outrage from the WH just keeps coming, then I have to force the laughter or else I’d sit here and cry. So cue the music, please:
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Obama would support the Ground Zero Mosque–what, build a mosque (with the name Cordoba, no less) so the worshippers can face Mecca and moon the spot where 3,000 of our own died at the hands of ruthless bastards? No, it’s no surprise that Obama thumbs up the dhimmitude of America.
What is surprising, however, is that Obama ponied up the cojones to publicly support the mosque. Or did he?
“But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan…
“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
Allahpundit and Ann Althouse both note that Obama weaves his words so as to leave a little wiggle room: I’m not saying I support it…. I’m just saying you have the right to do it.
So what’s a poll-readin’ president to do? On the one hand, he’s at a Ramadan dinner and doesn’t want to alienate either the audience or his base. On the other hand, he’s staring at supermajority opposition to the mosque. Hey, I know: How about a statement that mostly dodges the question of whether it should be built in favor of the easier question of whether the owners have the right to build it? Not a Bloombergian lecture, in other words (unlike Bloomberg, Obama’s not a lame duck and thus can’t afford to wag his finger like The Enlightened so enjoy doing), but rather a pat on the back for free exercise and a pat on the back for the mosque’s opponents by acknowledging their “emotions.” He’s basically voting present. But since the media is pro-mosque too and eager to leverage authority on behalf of its position, this’ll be spun tomorrow as some sort of stirring statement in defense of the right to … alienate everyone around you, I guess, in the ostensible interests of “dialogue.”
Look closely at what he said. It is actually unremarkable. Of course, there is freedom of religion in the United States and the idea of discriminating against a particular religion offends our fundamental values. But it is a separate question whether the plan to build a mosque is a good one that persons of good will should choose to pursue as they exercise the freedom they are most assuredly guaranteed. Did Obama say express an opinion about that?
Ah, here is the text. Let me answer my question: The answer is no.
This isn’t an exercise in rhetorical rights. The remarks were made at a White House Ramadan Dinner in front of known terror supporters and sympathizers. Like most lefties, Obama suffers from an inability to make moral distinctions. What a great trait to have in our Dear Leader, no? Quite Rightly writes:
Got it. Americans’ freedom to grieve for their dead is nothing compared to Muslims’ freedom to celebrate our loss and rub our noses in it. They couldn’t have their religious freedom down the street, say, or even in one of the at least 100 other mosques already existing in New York City.
One thing Obama won’t admit to is understanding what is plain to most Americans, like Charles Krauthammer, an American born in New York (and I’ll bet he has the birth certificate to prove it).
“When we speak of Ground Zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there — and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized or misappropriated.”
Many will argue that Obama just doesn’t get it. Don’t fall for that. This is not Obama’s first attempt to desecrate 9/11. One year ago, almost to the day, his administration got together with ACORN, the AFL-CIO, the Apollo Alliance, Friends of the Earth, the RainbowPUSH Coalition, and a raft of other leftist “organizations” to turn 9/11 into a “Day of Service” to obliterate the memory of that day’s events. The sick rationale: to drain 9/11 of all meaning because the 9/11 attack “helps” republicans.
That’s how these people think. Nothing is sacred to them.
Except winning. Except destroying every aspect of what makes America great or our ability to work and govern ourselves. Those things are sacred to the Obami. Like inviting folks to dine at the White House whose stated mission is:
“…Eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
With friends like these…we’ll see how low he can go.