BO enters the fray regarding the 9/11 Mosque controversy on Friday night, strongly backing the right of Muslims to construct the mosque where they see fit:
In his remarks, Mr. Obama distinguished between the terrorists who plotted the 9/11 attacks and Islam. Al Qaeda cause is not Islam — it is a gross distortion of Islam,” the president said, adding, “In fact, Al Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion, and that list includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.
I guess BO really isn’t such a Muslim (we wish), because if he was he would be familiar with the vast quantity of Islamic writings showing that the religious operating basis for Al Qaeda is, in fact, normative Orthodox Islamic belief.
Fortunately, the US Constitution protects the Muslims legal right to build the mosque where they want. Banning the construction of mosques presents a slippery slope which could ultimately be problematic for the Jewish people.
But the real issue is morality. The fact is, the Muslim decision to build this mosque right next to the 9/11 site is audacious, insensitive, and cruel. And, truth be told, it is clearly a Muslim tradition to construct mosques on sites of conquest.
Conservative Christian America is in an uproar over this. Religion is now infusing politics in unprecedented ways. People are taking sides and battle lines are being drawn.
Add economic disaster and political electioneering to the mix, the situation America grows tenser and tenser. I would hate to see an election result controversy like Bush v. Gore happen in 2012 – that could be a spark that lights the powder keg.
Huge fires continue to burn out of control in Russia. They have tempered off near the big cities, but fires are closing in on Russia’s top nuclear base.
Ironic justice, given Russia’s decision to start the Iranian nuclear reactor this week.
And now, the US sends help to stop the fires. Russia and the US are brothers, after all.