File this under obvious. It’s disgusting me how many Americans and American politicians want to prevent other Americans from building a place of worship wherever they want to (pursuant to local building ordinances, etc.) If Muslim-Americans want to occupy the old Burlington Coat Factory two blocks away from where the World Trade Center stood, good for them.
Of course I personally think Islam is ridiculous. I think that about all supernatural beliefs. But I vehemently defend a person’s right to believe whatever they want–even if it’s ridiculous. After all, it is this very same toleration that allows me to say what I believe.
The most repulsive cherry on the tippy top of this whole shit sundae has got to be Newt Gingrich. He’s going to run for president, I guess. So he’s on television saying abfuckingsurd things about the issue: It “would be like putting a Nazi sign next to the Holocaust museum.” And suggesting that we in America should take our cue on religious liberty from Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t allow synagogues or churches within it’s borders.
This is what Republicans want to run on? Loudly demonizing their fellow Americans while simultaneously taking a whiz on the religious freedom our country was founded upon? Good luck with that.
On second thought, remembering how many of my friends and neighbors think the mosque should be prevented, maybe it’s winning issue for them.
Which brings me back to being disgusted.