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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sarah Palin Responds to Obama's Ground Zero Mosque Endorsement

I think Sarah Palin has come up with one of the best responses to Obama's endorsement of the Ground Zero Mosque.

Obama decided that the GZM issue was a wonderful opportunity for him to lecture all of us on the concept of religious tolerance. Of course, this is a complete misreading of the issue since polls show that Americans are well aware of and strongly support religious freedom. This poll shows that "61 percent of voters think the Muslim group has the right to build a mosque in lower Manhattan" while at the same time "64 percent think it would be wrong to put a mosque there." In other words most people believe that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, et al. possess the right to build a mosque there, Americans just believe that they should not build it there.

It's rather telling that Obama's response seems to be unable to distinguish between legal rights and what is correct. Of course, many schools of thought on the Left (including socialism and Marxism) believe recognized legal rights to be the only legitimate morality in this world-- but that's probably best for another post.

On her Facebook page, Palin writes:

"Legitimate Questions for the President"

"Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive 'cross-cultural engagement' and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven't they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren't you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson's generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven't they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as 'hallowed ground'? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask."

Bravo! Palin, once again, really nail on the head with this response.

When will Obama and the Left learn to distinguish between what is legal to do and what ought to be done?

UPDATE: Obama has sought to backpeddle on-- uh, I mean, clarify his comments.

From FOXNews.com via the AP:

"President Obama on Saturday sought to clarify his comments supporting the building of a mosque near ground zero that have ignited a political firestorm ahead of a difficult election season for Democrats.

"During a trip to Florida for a family vacation, Obama said his comments from Friday night were only directed at the constitutional right of the mosque to be there, and whether preventing the mosque’s construction impinges on the right to freedom of religion.

"'I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,' he said in response to a reporter's question after he spoke about efforts to aid the Gulf Coast region. 'I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country is about.'"

So, let me get this all clear in my head-- Obama was not making an endorsement of the Ground Zero Mosque, but rather was very specifically responding to something that most Americans have not said. Hmm. And he just made it sound like he was endorsing the mosque. Got it? Sure...

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