Yes They Can, But No They Shouldn’t


At first, Obama confidently wades into the Ground Zero mosque controversy with carefully scripted remarks to a Muslim audience.

And then, the next day, after seeing the gap down in his approval poll numbers, Obama and his administration frantically tried to walk back his initial comments.

As usual, Charles Krauthammer nails it.

Sacrilege at Ground Zero

Location matters. Especially this location. Ground Zero is the site of the greatest mass murder in American history — perpetrated by Muslims of a particular Islamist orthodoxy in whose cause they died and in whose name they killed.

Of course that strain represents only a minority of Muslims. Islam is no more intrinsically Islamist than present-day Germany is Nazi — yet despite contemporary Germany’s innocence, no German of goodwill would even think of proposing a German cultural center at, say, Treblinka.

Which makes you wonder about the goodwill behind Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s proposal. This is a man who has called U.S. policy “an accessory to the crime” of 9/11 and, when recently asked whether Hamas is a terrorist organization, replied, “I’m not a politician. . . . The issue of terrorism is a very complex question.”

America is a free country where you can build whatever you want — but not anywhere. That’s why we have zoning laws. No liquor store near a school, no strip malls where they offend local sensibilities, and, if your house doesn’t meet community architectural codes, you cannot build at all.

These restrictions are for reasons of aesthetics. Others are for more profound reasons of common decency and respect for the sacred. No commercial tower over Gettysburg, no convent at Auschwitz — and no mosque at Ground Zero.

Build it anywhere but there.

Read the whole thing.

See also:
Obama’s Mosque Remarks Reverberate
Obama’s mosque duty
Mosque near ground zero becoming political football
Republicans Seek to Make Ground Zero Mosque a Campaign Issue
Republicans slam Obama over Mosque issue
Democrats may pay political price for Obama’s words on NYC mosque
Ground Zero mosque ‘wisdom’ debate: Is anywhere far away?
Name of Ground Zero mosque has roots in Islamic Iberia
Cordoba Initiative
Feisal Abdul Rauf

Sure, Feisal Abdul Rauf and his mysterious backers have ever legal right to build a mosque near Ground Zero, but why would they want to? If their goal is a gesture of interfaith goodwill, you can clearly tell from the reaction that that excuse isn’t going to even remotely fly. So why are they, so far, insisting on building a mosque at this particular location? It’s because building a mosque this close to Ground Zero is, straight up, a monument to the Islamic victory on 9/11, in your face infidels! Don’t believe that? Google Dar al-Islam/Dar al-Harb.

/and, if the Islamists insist on pressing forward with this inflammatory provocation, big heaping piles of shame on any New York union worker who lifts one finger to help further this travesty along

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