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Mike’s Mosque Myopia

Here is a recent editorial in the NY Post on Mayor Bloomburg’s ties with the Mosque.
You can read the actual article here.

As long as Mayor Mike is in the dock, let us also note that when it comes to building a mosque near Ground Zero, he has from the start stood behind the First Amendment — sort of.

That is, he likes the part that gives Muslims the right to build a house of worship just about anywhere they want.

But the part guaranteeing a separation between religion and government?

Not so much.

That much became obvious last week with the release of e-mails demonstrating that City Hall did much more than offer the mosque’s organizers routine help.

In fact, it turns out that Team Bloomberg was heavily involved in operating the political machinery needed to ensure that various regulatory agencies approved the controversial project — which has rightly drawn the ire of many 9/11 survivors and victims’ families.

Even to the point of pressing Community Board 1 to cast an approving vote — so that the chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission could be given the “political cover” he so urgently sought before his agency denied landmark status to the existing building.

That not only raises First Amendment questions — it also provides serious doubts about the legitimacy of the LPC vote, which appears to have been dictated far more by politics than by any consideration of the building’s architectural and historical merit.

Bloomberg’s community affairs commissioner even ghost-wrote a letter to CB1 on behalf of Daisy Khan, wife of mosque promoter Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Meanwhile, officials intervened to obtain permits so that prayers could be conducted at the site.

Bloomberg’s office maintains that the mayor’s staff did nothing out of the ordinary on behalf of the mosque.

But if that’s so, why did City Hall wait nearly five months before responding to the Freedom of Information request from the American Center for Law & Justice — acquiescing just before Christmas?

Moreover, City Hall held back some documents, claiming exemptions for privileged communications.

All this is objectionable on its face.

But the violence it does the First Amendment takes the offense to a fundamentally higher level.

Government has no business advocating for any religion. That’s the principle that chased Nativity scenes from the public square.

Leave it to Mike Bloomberg to cherry-pick one of America’s founding principles.

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  1. Demos Ioannou
    December 30th, 2010 at 14:04 | #1

    Have you ever seen the movie “Gangs of New York” – where true-blue American patriots had open fights in the streets with the most hated group of religious fanatics in the early 1800′s?

    Who did they battle? Who were considered un-American, religious zealots? Do you know? It was the Irish.

    You are a nincompoop.

  2. Andrew Purdy
    January 1st, 2011 at 11:47 | #2

    “Government has no business advocating for any religion. That’s the principle that chased Nativity scenes from the public square”….That says it all. As a Catholic, I am done with the appeasers in government who actually entertain these complaints of Crosses in public places, where they have stood for years, or those who look to remove the phrase “In God we Trust” from goverment buildings. This country was founded on these very principles, so the atheists who have crawled from under their rock to protest these principles should either check their history books and be quiet, or create their own religion free country where they don’t have to deal with us “Religious Zealots”.

  3. John Biship
    January 4th, 2011 at 02:17 | #3

    Perhaps you are the one with myopia my friend. When Shiites think of 911, they think of Sunis (or Saudis). When Christians think of 911, they think of Moslems. When people with brains think of 911, they think of religious idiots. Let’s ban all churches in NYC! I am just applying your own bigoted psuedo-logic. Idiot.

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