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  •  As to the wisdom of building a mosque there, (0+ / 0-)

    I can't comment either. Who knows whether some right wing kook will blow up the building and it will turn out to be perhaps an "unwise" decision. Or perhaps, I hope, it will be a place of interfaith discussion and learning and will help change some people's minds about Islam and therefore be a "wise" decision.

    But beyond anyone deciding whether a certain decision is wise or unwise before the ramifications are seen is the fact that it is not the duty of the POTUS to decide for local officials what to do.

    What I do know is that the people have the  right to build the mosque there and I support that right. And so does the President.

    •  Deciding for officials...is not the same (0+ / 0-)

      as taking a position.  

      The President statement on Friday spoke for itself.  Yesterday, he decided to create ambiguity.

      I am disappointed that people are now seemingly falling into the trap that they only have a "right".  

      There is no credible reason to object the building the mosque.  None.  Zero. Zilch.

      And what I see now is people who were all for it Friday, now reverting to a claim that they just have a right, and it is not appropriate to take sides.

      Sometimes it is appropriate to take sides.  No one is asking anyone to force anyone to make a decision.  But to state the fear of religion or Islam is only increased by this backlash, and we are not doing ourselves anywhere.

      If he was going to wade in, he knew he would be asked to take a side.  The current position is too cute by half.

      "Ultimately, we need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists" - President Obama, March 31

      by justmy2 on Sun Aug 15, 2010 at 06:15:28 AM PDT

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