Stupid is as stupid does. pt 2

I wrote a post in May of this year about how the Obama Administration—then in the guise of Eric Holder’s suit against Arizona’s new Immigration law, seems to go out of their way to antagonize the citizens of this country. Over the weekend, Obama did it again by speaking out in favor of the two mosques to be built next to the 9/11 site in New York City.

The idiot left has been pushing this effort for some time first by NYC Mayor Bloomberg and then by the NYC government and zoning commission. The construction unions are beginning to unite against the construction of the two mosques and opposition is reaching tsunami levels across the country.

Last Friday evening at an IFTAR dinner to celebrate Ramadan, an Islamic holy period, Obama said muslims have a right to build there once they bought the property.

That, is a lie. Ownership of property do not have the right to build whatever they want. Zoning laws across the country refute that statement. Near Kansas City, a large protestant congregation was refused permission to build a large church in the middle of a residential area.

What did NY do? They changed the zoning practice* to allow the mosque in the middle of the business district. Yes, there has been churches and other religious building in other business districts but in most cases those religious sites pre-existed the zoning laws. The practice up to this point was to disapprove zoning exceptions for religious institutions.* There was a Greek Orthodox Church that was heavily damaged in the 9/11 attack. They STILL have been granted approval to rebuild.

Why is it that the democrats and the idiot left push Islam to our detriment while constraining Christianity?

That question will have to be answered elsewhere. But for now, here are some comments about Obama’s statements and his backpedaling the following day when he realized just how deep he stepped into it.
Again.

  • Friday: ‘Let me be clear: As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right … to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan’
  • Saturday: ‘I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there’
  • Hamas: Muslims ‘have to build everywhere’ so they can pray like Christians and Jews
  • Friday: ‘Let me be clear: As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right … to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan’
  • Saturday: ‘I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there’
  • Hamas: Muslims ‘have to build everywhere’ so they can pray like Christians and Jews
  • From the UK Daily Mail…

    Obama backtracks over Ground Zero mosque after furious 9/11 families label him ‘insensitive and uncaring’

    • Friday: ‘Let me be clear: As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right … to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan’.
    • Saturday: ‘I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there’.
    • Hamas: Muslims ‘have to build everywhere’ so they can pray like Christians and Jews.
    Barack Obama has backtracked over his support for plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero.

    The U.S. President was hit by a furious backlash from victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks after he backed the highly controversial plans in a speech on Friday.

    The proposed site for the 13-storey building is close to where almost 3,000 people died nine years ago after Muslim hijackers flew two jet airliners into the World Trade Center.

    Mr Obama expressed his support for the mosque, which will replace a building damaged by the attacks, at a White House meal celebrating Ramadan.

    In his speech on Friday, Mr Obama said: ‘Let me be clear: As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right to practise their religion as everyone else in this country.

    ‘That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.’

    Muslims in the US and around the world applauded Obama’s statements.

    He (Obama) spoke as Islamist group Hamas today backed the mosque plan. (Emphasis mine: Crucis)

    Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said Muslims ‘have to build everywhere’ so that followers can pray, just like Christians and Jews build their places of worship.

    Al-Zahar spoke Sunday on ‘Aaron Klein Investigative Radio’ on WABC-AM in the U.S. He is a co-founder of Hamas and its chief on the Gaza Strip.
    Even democrat Senator Charles Schumer wasn’t thrilled by Obama’s support.

    Senator Chuck Schumer says Al-Zahar’s comments don’t carry any weight because Hamas is a terrorist organization. Schumer hasn’t taken a stand on the mosque.

    Mr Obama was heavily criticised by a group representing the families of victims of the terrorist attack, who called the plan a ‘deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah’.

    Debra Burlingame, a sister of a pilot killed when his plane was flown by a hijacker into the Pentagon and a spokesperson for victims’ families, said: ‘Barack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see.’

    Peter King, a Republican congressman in New York, said the President had been wrong to back the plan, adding: ‘It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero.’

    Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was killed at the World Trade Center, condemned the President for a ‘gross lack of sensitivity to the 9/11 families and to the people who were lost’.
    Others on both sides of the political isle have chimed in on the subject.
    Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner said the decision to build the mosque wasn’t an issue of religious freedom, but a matter of respect.

    ‘The fact that someone has the right to do something doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do. That is the essence of tolerance, peace and understanding,’ he said.

    New York Republican Congressman Peter King added: ‘President Obama is wrong. It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero.’

    Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene of Florida said: ‘President Obama has this all wrong and I strongly oppose his support for building a mosque near Ground Zero especially since Islamic terrorists have bragged and celebrated destroying the Twin Towers and killing nearly 3,000 Americans.

    I repeat. Obama’s actions of this last weekend is a prime example of “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    (* Update. I omitted the word practice above. Practice is “business as usual.” Up to this point, the practice was to disapprove zoning exceptions.)


    4 thoughts on “Stupid is as stupid does. pt 2

    1. Hello! I found your post while trying to find what the New York zoning law is, especially in Lower Manhattan, regarding religious institutions (that weren't already pre-existing prior to the implementation of zoning laws.) And yes, this was looking for LM zoning laws, as someone mentioned to me lately that the Lower Manhattan area allows places of worship only by special exception.

      You said they changed it. Could you please cite where you found that change, so I can cite it as a concrete example of laws being changed specifically to accomodate this project?

      It would also be a powerful weapon against them.

    2. What I find most interesting about the Arizona law suit is. Racial profilling was never part of the actual suit. Something they kept chiming about on the news.

      As to the muslime New York issue. The president needs to stop apologizing to them. They attacked us, not the other way around.

    3. Shadow, I usually provide links to my sources. I forgot this time. I may have been vague. The practice in that part of NYC was to disapprove exceptions. IIRC, they changed their practice of disapproval to approve this particular application. They had disapproved the application of a christian church a few weeks before approving the muslim application.

      I'll see if I can find that article again. It wasn't in the same column that I excerpted.

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