First it was Harry Reid. Now it’s Howard Dean.
This will set some teeth a’gnashin’:
Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor Howard Dean, a hero to many liberals, has called efforts to build an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks “a real affront to people who lost their lives.”
“That site doesn’t belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all Americans and all faiths,” he said.
Dean, speaking on New York’s WABC-AM radio, said he would like to see a compromise on the issue – one that includes moving the Islamic center to another site. He adds, however, that “people should be able to worship as they see fit.”
Dean argues that though the backers of the project are “trying to do something that’s good” and integrate Muslims “into the fabric of the United States,” the issue is “very delicate” and there should be a compromise “so that everybody is accommodated by this.”