August 14, 2010
IT'S A TRAP!
Speaking to a gathering at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Obama said that he believes "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country."
"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
What sickens me about the whole thing is that Obama is technically right. The 1st Amendment applies, they own the property, and zoning laws allow it. They're not doing anything "illegal".
But at the very least, Obama should've kept his mouth shut on the topic and stuck with the "it's a local matter" postion that Gibbs tossed out a couple weeks ago.
If abortion is "above his pay grade", then he could certainly claim with legitimacy that one single building among thousands, in one city among hundreds, in one state among fifty is BELOW his pay grade.
Obama aside, I don't like where this is going. The only legal way to stop the thing is for some group to raise the money to buy the property. But of course, the Muslims aren't willing to sell.
There's a slim hope that no non-Muslim construction crew would agree to build the thing, but I can't imagine job-hungry construction workers showing that much solidarity. Even if they do, there's probably a Muslim construction crew somewhere with the skills to do the work.
Once they start construction, though, someone will burn it down or blow it up, because it's too much of an insult to ignore. Then the MSM (and the President) will use it as an excuse to brand Tea Partiers as domestic terrorists. Even if nobody from the Tea Party was involved, someone, somewhere, associated with the Tea Party - however tangentially - will say something tacitly approving the act on camera, and that will be the endless-loop smear played over and over on every liberal network.
At this point, I just feel nauseated and apprehensive, because I don't see any way out.