If a Brit can see it, how hard can it be for American politicians??! In what has turned out to be a crucial election issue, politicians everywhere are, as usual, trying to placate voters by stating that the builders of the proposed Cordoba mosque near ground zero have the legal right to do so, ignoring the fact that it is a HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE project for that venue. One of the few politicians to speak out against the mosque was New York’s Carl Palladino, who won last week’s Republican primary in the race for governor, in part, because he said that he would prevent the building of the mosque by using eminent domain if necessary.
Pat Condell’s take on it is the singularly most salient, succinct statement on this issue to date. As he notes, it is no accident that they are naming this mosque “Cordoba;” as the one built in Cordoba, Spain so long ago signified the entrenchment of Islam in Spain, this modern day Cordoba is, make no mistake about it, intended to signify the entrenchment of Islam in our United States of America in the 21st century.
Construction workers are responding by signing Andrew Sullivan’s petition not to work on the project. In a city comprised of so many families and friends of 911 victims and first responders, many of whom still suffer from illnesses contracted as a result of their presence on the site, it is difficult to imagine anyone supporting or working on this project.