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Olbermann's Special Comment tonight...

...began with:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller

Keith was absolutely on fire tonight. This whole "Mosque being built on Ground Zero" debacle is getting ridiculous. It's anti-Muslim prejudice, that's all it is. There's a mosque just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site that existed long before 9/11- do people want to tear them down? Muslims have a place for prayer set aside in the Pentagon. Should that be shut down, because of the attack there? We have freedom of religion in this country. The planners of the community center (it's not even a mosque) OWN the building, they have the right to build. How is building a comminity center open to ALL spitting on the memory of the 9/11 victims? Denying them the right to build or to worship is the real insult to their memory.

Innocent American Muslims died on 9/11, too. They have served in our military and DIED for this country just like any Christian, Jewish, or whatever citizen. Muslim does not equal terrorist. It's time to stop damning one billion people for the actions of a small fraction of fundamentalists.

Should the center be built? I honestly don't know- but as long as they own the property, they have that right. Taking away anyone's right to build a house of worship is a step towards an America I don't want to see.

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nahtmmm
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
just sayin'
It's anti-Muslim prejudice, that's all it is. There's a mosque just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site that existed long before 9/11- do people want to tear them down?

This seems contradictory. Doubtless there is some generic anti-Muslim sentiment involved, but there's also the viewpoint that "This is salt in the wound", the sort of viewpoint that takes special offense to a historic local landmark being torn down to make way for a WalMart.

Taking away anyone's right to build a house of worship is a step towards an America I don't want to see.

Likewise.


To me, the proper way to deal with this is to say, "Hey, we're a bigger man (so to speak) than the terrorists. Letting the mosque be built is a symbol of the freedom that we have and they hate."
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