WHY ARE WE SURPRISED?
August 15, 2010
In the name of all that is sanity would someone please explain to me why so many people are surprised by the President's very vocal support for the building of a mosque near Ground Zero? That should come to no one's surprise. Here is what our "all inclusive" leader said Friday:
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama told an intently listening crowd gathered at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
OK, great, but this doesn't answer the question: "Why here so close to the site where those who "extremely" hold to Islam killed 3000 people?"
The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which would be part of a $100 million Islamic community center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Press secretary Robert Gibbs had insisted it was a local matter.
It was already much more than that, sparking debate around the country as top Republicans including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich announced their opposition. So did the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group.
Obama elevated it to a presidential issue Friday without equivocation.
While insisting that the place where the twin towers once stood was indeed "hallowed ground," Obama said that the proper way to honor it was to apply American values.
Harkening back to earlier times when the building of synagogues or Catholic churches also met with opposition, Obama said: "Time and again, the American people have demonstrated that we can work through these issues, and stay true to our core values and emerge stronger for it. So it must be and will be today."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who has been a strong supporter of the mosque, welcomed Obama's words as a "clarion defense of the freedom of religion."
I am not surprised that our President, who wants to reach out to people of all backgrounds (unless they are conservative white Christians) and extend invitations to mock "old America." This president is merely using this as another way for apologizing for America's bigoted past and bowing toward those who care less for American values, principles or for Americans as a whole.
Entering the highly charged election-year debate, Obama surely knew that his words would not only make headlines in the U.S. but be heard by Muslims worldwide. The president has made it a point to reach out to the global Muslim community, and the over 100 guests at Friday's dinner in the State Dining Room included ambassadors and officials from numerous nations where Islam is observed, including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
While his pronouncement concerning the mosque might find favor in the Muslim world, Obama's stance runs counter to the opinions of the majority of Americans, according to polls.
Opponents, including some Sept. 11 victims' relatives, see the prospect of a mosque so near the destroyed trade center as an insult to the memory of those killed by Islamic terrorists in the 2001 attacks.
Why does this president consistently go against the wishes of a majority of the people? Is he really in a self-destruct mold or does he think he can pull the wool over the eyes of 50 plus 1 percent of the voters and push through his radical agenda to fundamentally transform America into the ultimate Socialist utopia?
The answer lies within a statement Dick Morris (a former Clinton advisor and now conservative Republican said recently to Bill O'Reilly: "Obama just doesn't care what the people think. He has his views on what America should become and he won't change them or compromise like any other President would. He is simply not any other President. He doesn't care!"
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