9/11 Victims’ Families And The Burlington Coat Factory Mosque

Two days ago, I said that families’ feelings have no relevance in discussions of the right to build the mosque. I also said I thought appeals to those families were ridiculously simplistic. With three thousand victims, there must be tens of thousands of surviving relatives. People being individuals, I’m certain that means there are also tens of thousands of opinions about this mosque.

Today, I read this statement from Ted Olson, the man who successfully argued Bush v. Gore, putting Dubya in the White House. He then became Bush’s solicitor general; the man who argued all Bush’s cases in the Supreme Court. His wife also died in the plane that hit the Pentagon on 9/11. Here’s his opinion:

“Well it may not make me hap– popular with some people, but I think, probably, the president was right about this,” Olson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “I do believe that people of all religions have a right to build edifices, or structures, or places of religious worship or study where the community allows them to do it under zoning laws and that sort of thing, and that we don’t want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith. And I don’t think it should be a political issue. It shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic issue, either. I believe Gov. Christie from New Jersey said it well, that this should not be in that political, partisan marketplace.”

Bingo. That is the reasonable answer. Unfortunately, this whole issue is not being driven by reason, but by political demagogues and cowards, like the most recent person to jump on the bandwagon, Howard Dean.

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One Comment on “9/11 Victims’ Families And The Burlington Coat Factory Mosque”

  1. KC Says:

    I agree, but he didn’t go that step further and say just because you have the right to, doesn’t mean you ought to……ther’s a reason Ole Miss dropped the Stars and Bars….it offended a percentage of the population, students had a right to wave the flag but a “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” (Declaration of Independece) requires one to be civil and not lightly offend ones co-citizens


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