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1 ShaunP  Mon, Aug 23, 2010 10:05:20am
"We now have an epidemic of “sunshine patriots” on both the right and the left who are all for freedom, as long as there’s no controversy and nobody is offended."

Wow. Well said...

2 wrenchwench  Mon, Aug 23, 2010 11:51:46am

Broken clock is still broken.

The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?

In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.

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Many fellow conservatives say they understand the property rights and 1st Amendment issues and don’t want a legal ban on building the mosque. They just want everybody to be “sensitive” and force, through public pressure, cancellation of the mosque construction.

This sentiment seems to confirm that Islam itself is to be made the issue, and radical religious Islamic views were the only reasons for 9/11. If it became known that 9/11 resulted in part from a desire to retaliate against what many Muslims saw as American aggression and occupation, the need to demonize Islam would be difficult if not impossible.

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Defending the controversial use of property should be no more difficult than defending the 1st Amendment principle of defending controversial speech. But many conservatives and liberals do not want to diminish the hatred for Islam–the driving emotion that keeps us in the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.

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The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservative’s aggressive wars.

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It's just another isolationist, anti-war screed. It verges on justifying the attacks of 9/11. Also, he may be using "neo-conservative" to mean "Jew." When he says "This is all about hate and Islamaphobia." I think he's referring to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the mosque controversy. In which case I would have to strongly disagree.

3 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Mon, Aug 23, 2010 2:20:30pm
4 aagcobb  Mon, Aug 23, 2010 5:37:02pm

Rand is in a tight race, so he needs the bigot vote, whereas Ron is free to say what he thinks.

5 Romantic Heretic  Tue, Aug 24, 2010 6:42:18am

Yawn. Sounds a lot more like Paul is attacking those who he thinks are his enemies than supporting the Park51 project.

But being a rather accomplished demagogue himself he'd know it when he sees it.


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