(I see that the ever-vigilant Rick beat me to this story by a few minutes. Make sure you read his post as well, especially the Krauthammer remarks which eloquently explain the inappropriateness of the Ground Zero mosque.)
It’s things like these that make me wonder what side our President is really on:
President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed plans for a Muslim mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York City, declaring that “Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.”
Speaking at a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Obama said all Americans have the right to worship as they choose.
“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, Obama said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.”
… It was the president’s first public remarks about the mosque controversy. The White House previously called the matter solely a local one.
As Ed Driscoll notes, this is the same President who, last year, requested that Georgetown University cover up the Roman Catholic icons and symbols that adorn the interior of Gaston Hall, including the monogram “IHS” which symbolizes the name of Jesus Christ.
“Unshakable commitment to religious freedom” indeed.
I haven’t said much about the Ground Zero mosque controversy. To me, building a mosque two blocks from the scene of the world’s deadliest terrorist attack, which was perpetrated in the name of Islam by Muslim fanatics, makes about as much sense as building a monument in the shape of a swastika outside the gates of Auschwitz. To paraphrase Clint Eastwood, freedom’s got nothin’ to do with it. This is simply about what is appropriate and what is not. And it is not appropriate to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.
That our President does not realize this seems to clearly illustrate just how out-of-whack his sense of ethics is, compared with that of the people he was elected to govern. That he further does not know when to keep his mouth closed makes this incident even more frustrating.