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Mayor Bloomberg: Candidate for Anti-Loon of the Year

Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg is a candidate for anti-Loon of the year due to his consistent defense of religious liberty and steadfast support of the political hot-potato issue of the Park51 Cultural Center, aka the “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Bloomberg Launches Another Impassioned Defense Of Cordoba House

by Sam Stein

In a rousing address before a predominantly Muslim audience Tuesday night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed his commitment to the controversial Islamic cultural center near the former site of the World Trade Center.

Bloomberg, who hosted the annual Ramadan Iftar dinner at his official Gracie Mansion residence, did not back away from his position as the most vocal and public defender of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque.” If anything, he couched his defense of the project in even deeper moral and political terms, calling the Cordoba House a telling illustration of intrinsic American principles and a valuable tool in the war on terror.

From Bloomberg’s prepared remarks:

But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise our commitment to fighting terror with freedom.

We would undercut the values and principles that so many heroes died protecting. We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims. We would send a signal around the world that Muslim Americans may be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen. And we would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.
Islam did not attack the World Trade Center — Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam — we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.[snip]

The members of our military are men and women at arms — battling for hearts and minds. And their greatest weapon in that fight is the strength of our American values, which have always inspired people around the world. But if we do not practice here at home what we preach abroad — if we do not lead by example – we undermine our soldiers. We undermine our foreign policy objectives. And we undermine our national security.

While some of the cultural center’s other early supporters have backed away from their defense of the project, Bloomberg has emerged as perhaps the least fickle of its supporters. And he’s been hailed for that defense — locally, nationally and among the commentariat — even though a majority of the public opposes the Cordoba House’s proposed location.

Addressing those calling for a compromise location for the center, Bloomberg offered the logical rejoinder. “The question will then become, how big should the ‘no-mosque zone’ around the World Trade Center be?” he remarked. “There is already a mosque four blocks away. Should it too, be moved?”

However the debate ends, of course, there will be hard feelings. Still, the Mayor ended his remarks with an appeal to the lessons of history.

I know that many in this room are disturbed and dispirited by the debate. But it is worth keeping some perspective on the matter. The first colonial settlers came to these shores seeking religious liberty and the founding fathers wrote a constitution that guaranteed it. They made sure that in this country the government would not be permitted to choose between religions or favor one over another.

Nonetheless, it was not so long ago that Jews and Catholics had to overcome stereotypes and build bridges to those who viewed them with suspicion and less than fully American.

UPDATE: Video of Bloomberg’s speech is below.

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  • http://realmofthesphinx.wordpress.com/ The Sphinx

    @Porky,

    whether or not the Qur’an is to be trusted is something you should leave for people who have read it carefully enough. I do say a text describing scientific facts that mankind could never have known at that time is fully trustworthy (e.g. development of embryos, nature of mountains, galactical movements, etc..). And the only “contradictions” you dolts come up with are completely artificial. Let’s see..

    “Aaron” (Haroun) is not referring to Moses’ brother Aaron, but to another man named Aaron that was living in Mary’s time – Source: Muhsin Khan’s Quran translation.

    Furthermore, when Jesus said in infancy “Blessed is the day (..) I die”, there is no contradiction, as only later on God promised Jesus to take him off the earth and raise him to heaven – which by the way is a symbolic type of “death”.

    And regarding your last argument: It was not God that crucified anybody. It was humans. Your argument about God not being “unjust” to kill somebody doesn’t hold, because people have been wrongfully killed for thousands of years. It is nothing new, and you don’t take that as evidence for God being unjust. It is more a sign of God’s mercy that he wouldn’t let his prophets die at the hands of humans.

    Fact is, you claimed that Islam ferociously opposes Jesus’ message, but as soon as you’re confronted with facts, you shift the goalposts and counter with bogus talking points you copied and pasted from somewhere. I see a pattern.

    Speaking of Christianity, I posted this after my last comment, but it was not moderated, so here it is again. Read it and howl:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achtiname_of_Muhammad
    http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/charter1.html

  • http://googlemail halal pork

    @ SPHINX :If a person appears before a judge and admits that the evidence he gave earlier was a lie,THE JUDGE WOULD CERTAINLY THROW THE WITNESS OUT OF THE COURT AND REFUSE TO ACCEPT ANY FURTHER EVIDENCE FROM THAT PERSON.That is what happened when the Prophet of Islam admitted that he received some of the Verses from the Satan.Hence how could one trust the rest of the verses of your Quran.All the stories in the Quran could be found in the Torah and Injeel but appeared in the distorted form in your Quran.Some of the stories have preIslamic Pagan roots.The story about Jesus talking from the cradle comes from the gospel of Infancy which was never written by any of the Apostles.Mohammad came about 600 years later and his stories can’t be taken as authentic.Then the Quran calls Mary as sister of Aron,which is false because there is about 1450 years of difference between the time Aron was around and Mary,the earthly mother of Jesus.The Quran speaks with the fork tongue.According to the verse you have quoted:Blessed is the day I was born and I die and I am raised again contradicts when the Quran claims that Jesus was raised alive to heaven from the Cross and some body else died on the Cross instead of Jesus.God we believe in and worship is not unjust to crucify somebody else,who never shouted even once that he was the wrong man.We trust the eye witness account as mentioned in the four Gospels and not the cock and bull stories written in the Quran.

  • http://www.facebook.com/britpak Mohammed Abbasi

    Bloomberg is a good decent man – like most Americans. But Americans have a growing radicalisation problem that needs to be dealt with – the radicalisation of Christians who believe anything their Mullahs (Pastors) tell them and who end up worshipping their god – Fox News

  • http://loonwatch NassirH

    Halal Pork, here are the words of Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, the biggest religion in the USA.

    In 1543 Luther published On the Jews and Their Lies in which he says that the Jews are a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth.” They are full of the “devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine.” The synagogue was a “defiled bride, yes, an incorrigible whore and an evil slut …” He argues that their synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes razed, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness, afforded no legal protection, and these “poisonous envenomed worms” should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time. He also seems to advocate their murder, writing “[w]e are at fault in not slaying them.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_and_antisemitism

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