In his ongoing effort to convince progressives that there’s not much point in working to maintain the Democratic majority in Congress, Senator Harry Reid has decided to lend support to Sarah Palin and her crusade against Islam. Reid, who represents Nevada, commented on a Muslim community center and mosque that is planned to be built in Manhattan.
It’s over 2,000 miles from Manhattan to the border of Nevada, so why Senator Reid has made the building of a mosque in Manhattan an issue in his re-election campaign? I can’t figure it out. Why should people in Nevada try to block the construction of a building in Manhattan through their vote for a United States Senator?
Apparently, Reid believes that he needs to show that he’s tough on religious freedom. Sure, the Constitution says that Congress isn’t supposed to take action to limit religious freedom, but, Reid figures, most Nevadans really don’t like Muslims, and it’s his job to keep the Nevadans happy, right?
So, Reid said that the proposed community center and mosque in Manhattan, “the mosque should be built some place else.” Somewhere else?
Muslims in Manhattan have been planning that community center and mosque for a long time because their current center in Manhattan isn’t big enough? What is Senator Reid’s position – that it’s okay for Muslims to have community centers and mosques, just so long as they’re small? What does Reid propose the Muslims of Manhattan do? Go to Connecticut to worship?
Is it Reid’s position that there’s something special about Islam that makes it a bad religion for Manhattan? What makes Senator Reid think that it’s his place to decide which religions get access to Manhattan, and which don’t? He’s a United States Senator, not the Religion Commissioner of New York City. Does Harry Reid think that someone died and made him Imam-In-Chief?
Seriously, what qualifications does Harry Reid have that enable him to decide for the Muslims in New York City where they ought to gather and engage in religious worship?
What’s next? Will Reid begin telling the Des Moines which side of the river they should be able to build their churches on? Will he issue press releases saying what blocks in San Francisco are okay for synagogues and which one’s aren’t?
Why stop at building permits? Why doesn’t Harry Reid tell Muslims which part of the bus they can sit on? Maybe Muslims shouldn’t sit in the front of the bus. After all, Americans do have “sensitivities”.
How about water fountains? What about lunch counters? Maybe Harry Reid thinks that Muslim children shouldn’t be allowed in certain schools, or to buy homes in certain neighborhoods.
Harry Reid’s suggestion that Muslims keep to specially designated areas leads our country down the road to apartheid. Maybe Reid thinks that’s okay, because it’s just apartheid for Muslims, but he and his Nevada constituents ought to remember that the same attitude is what led to the Mormons being driven all the way from New York State out to western desert in the first place.