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1 HelloDare  Wed, Aug 18, 2010 6:12:16pm

Interesting the different takes people have on this same Dean video:


Howard Dean: Let’s Compromise On Religious Freedom and Move The Mosque
Is there anyone not pandering to the Bigot Brigade?

To many, public Muslims opposing the mosque are rare individuals who’s opinion don’t seem to matter. And like-minded liberals are discounted. Yet, the rantings of anonymous people at Free Republic mean a whole lot.

Where is America on this issue?:

… there has been considerable ambiguity in most polls on the topic, which did not distinguish one’s personal position on the tastefulness of the mosque from one’s view about whether or not the developers had the right to build it:

One’s personal position on the mosque is not necessarily the same as thinking that the City should take affirmative steps to prohibit its construction by eminent domain laws by or other means. […] This is somewhat analogous to asking: “do you support or oppose flag-burning?”. Without additional context, it would be quite natural for someone to say they opposed it, but they might nevertheless consider it to be Constitutionally protected activity.

The only poll to have gotten the distinction right, believe it or not, is the one from Fox News. They asked two separate questions about the planned development. First, they asked:

A group of Muslims plans to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Do you think it is appropriate to build a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero, or do you think it would be wrong to do so?

Only 30 percent of respondents said “appropriate”, while 64 percent said “wrong” — consistent with the apparent unpopularity of the mosque in other polls.

But Fox also followed up with this question:

Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate to build a mosque near ground zero, do you think the Muslim group has the right to build a mosque there, or don’t they have that right?

Here, the numbers were nearly reversed: 61 percent of respondents, including 69 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republicans, said the developers had the right to build the mosque; 34 percent said they did not.

Essentially, public opinion on this issue is divided into thirds. About a third of the country thinks that not only do the developers have a right to build the mosque, but that it’s a perfectly appropriate thing to do. Another third think that while the development is in poor taste, the developers nevertheless have a right to build it. And the final third think that not only is the development inappropriate, but the developers have no right to build it — perhaps they think that the government should intervene to stop it in some fashion.

Howard Dean’s position seems pretty mainstream. Hard to believe there are that many pandering and bigoted people in the country.

2 HelloDare  Wed, Aug 18, 2010 6:19:17pm

That last paragraph was missing the sarc tag. ///////////

3 Charles Johnson  Wed, Aug 18, 2010 11:40:11pm

No, it isn’t hard to believe at all.

But go ahead and keep spreading the bigotry.


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