Senator Jack Reed on Ground Zero Mosque: For the first amendment before he’s agin’ it.

Democrats are having a real tough time finding their bearings on the Ground Zero Mosque and I think it’s because they know how weak their stand for the mosque is. Not weak constitutionally (although in this case the Constitution disappears) … weak morally, and when your world revolves around moral relativism, your argument ends up with plenty of holes. Like this one.

Senator Jack Reed on Fox news Sunday tells Chris Wallace America has a great tradition of “tolerating” differences in religion. Then, amazingly enough, he says while the mosque should be built, it should be built only if the discourse there is positive.

Not only the does First Amendment completely disappear in this argument, on two grounds (we do not tolerate religion, it is a guaranteed right and free speech is free speech. It is not deemed permissible based it’s positive or negative tenor), it is a perfect example of how, when you are trying to make everyone happy … your argument quickly falls apart, and apparently so does the Constitution.


And that’s the point. There is too much evidence that mosques have been used to not just propagate hate toward Jews and Americans, but have also been at times ground zero for terrorism fund raising … around the world. But as big as that issue is, you can’t condemn each mosque just because it’s a mosque.

The best reason for not building the “ground zero” mosque because it offends sensibilities, of Americans, of 9/11 family members, of survivors. It’s like rubbing salt in a wound. The Imam says he wants to build bridges. He could start by not building next to ground zero.

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  1. winnie888 on August 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Which particular Muslim country is the Imam from?  Can I go there and build a Protestant church and build a (Christianity) bridge in his homeland?  Especially right near where Christians committed one heinous crime that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Muslim citizens?  Whether or not the Constitution allows for this, it is an affront to American citizens to suggest that we have to do/accept anything re. this super-mosque.

    • chris-os on August 16, 2010 at 4:36 am

      1. It is not a mosque.

      2. So. you are saying the constitution is irrelevant?

    • winnie888 on August 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

      You call it a "community center" if you wish…I'm going with "mosque".  Where did I say the constitution was irrelevant?  I did say that whether or not it is allowed by the constitution, it's an affront to American citizens.

    • scottm on August 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      He was born in Kuwait and they probably do have churches there, they do in Iraq.  He is considered to be someone who tries to build better relations with the west.  In addition to an area for prayer the plans are for the following: fitness facilities, audotorium, restaurant, library, art studio, child care facilities and a 9/11 memorial. 

    • chris-os on August 17, 2010 at 3:34 am

      They are rebuilding a synagogue in Beirut-with the blessing of Hezbollah.

      How far have we fallen?

  2. phil on August 16, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Somehow, it has changed from 'Freedom of Religion' to "Freedom from Religion'!

  3. sammy22 on August 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I am waiting for the next hyperbole: they want to build a mosque AT Ground Zero.

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