Friday, August 20, 2010

Opinions: The Ground Zero Mosque from New Yorkers


h/t: NewsBusters


Joe said...

Suddenly, when I find myself in the presence of a New Yorker, I have to ask, "Is this someone who is too stupid to understand the importance of this insensitivity?"

I recognize that as prejudice on my part, be it.

If I run into a New Yorker who supports the building of the mosque at ground zero, I will turn and walk away from him/her.

Chris M. said...

It is good to hear from you, Joe.

I am going to reproduce here one of the best things I've seen on the subject of the GZ mosque. It is a comment by 'keep the change' and he left it at Hot yesterday.

"Freedom of religion means you have the right to worship without being arrested for it. It does not mean you have the right to erect any building anywhere you want. For that, you need something called a permit. It’s called a permit because you need to be permitted to do that. And permits are denied for a myriad of reasons, not least of which is whether or not said proposed activity does, or does not, cause offense to the community standards. In this case, it does, to the tune of 65%. Even without that info, city council denies permits every day for no better reason than they themselves don’t like what is proposed. That’s how it works. There are no rights, constitutional or otherwise, at play here. There is only the issue of permits. And that is where this thing should have been stopped, where a thousand other applications for permits are stopped."

And, Joe, have you run across the site called Pun of the Day at

Today's pun: “I don't know what possessed me to attend that seance.”