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What Makes Harry Reid An Expert On Mosques?

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.

13 comments to What Makes Harry Reid An Expert On Mosques?

  • Anonymous

    Should we fly the Japanize flag at Pearl Harbor?

    Should we allow the KKK to accupy the same building as the NAACP?

    Should the Nazis be allowed to build a international headquarters in Israel?

    Ground zero is not a place to build a mosque celebrating the religion that caused thousands of lifes to be lost on that spot.

    • Jim

      You’re trying to pose rhetorical questions, but I refuse to take them rhetorically.

      If a person buys private property on the banks of Pearl Harbor, then YES, they can fly a Japanese flag if they want.
      If a member of the KKK rents an office in the same building as the NAACP, then YES, she or he is perfectly within their rights to set up a branch of the KKK there.
      You’ve changed countries when you ask about Israel. Israel is a different country with different laws and different morality. But if it were part of America, then YES, the Nazis would be perfectly within their rights to build an international headquarters there.

      This is America, buster, and in this country we believe in Freedom, in particular Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom to Worship without government interference.

      Your attitudes against freedom of speech, against freedom of assembly and against are downright unAmerican, Anonymous. Why, they’re kind of Saudi.

      P.S. The community center containing the mosque isn’t even at ground zero. Get your facts straight.

    • Daft Greg

      There are Shinto temples within a few miles of Pearl Harbor. Shinto of course, was the state religion of the Empire of Japan when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

      Yes, let’s honor the people who died on 9/11 by destroying the values this country was founded on.

  • Hick

    Harry Reid did not say this. It was Reid’s spokesman, and he said “The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Senator Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else.” That could be interpreted to mean that Reid thinks Muslims can build there but oughtn’t. That’s how I interpret the statement, and I think it is a statement respectful of the First Amendment. The First Amendment doesn’t require that everybody has to like what other people do.

  • “Does Harry Reid think that someone died and made him Imam-In-Chief?” – Love it! I also love how Anon. and Daft Greg only believe in the first amendment when it suits them, just like the rest. Anon – you definitely should run for office!

    • Daft Greg

      Um, what? Read my response again. I wasn’t agreeing with anon. Anon asked “Should we fly the Japanize (sic) flag at Pearl Harbor?”. I responded by pointing out that we do allow Shinto temples near Pearl Harbor, which is of course, perfectly fine. What I meant by the second sentence, is if the government blocks the building of the Muslim community center, it would be destroying the values our country was founded on, i.e. our first amendment rights.

      I am not for building a mosque anywhere, but I am vehemently opposed to the government preventing them from building it.

      • mike

        ah! completely misread that second sentence – now that makes sense – sorry! why are you “not for building a mosque anywhere?” hopefully it’s because you’re not for the proliferation of any major religion because of their sexist, homophobic practices, not because, well, it’s a mosque and not a good ol’ fashioned church. can you believe how many of those they have around. it feels like every street corner!

  • Daft Greg

    As an atheist, I would rather not see another monument to ignorance built anywhere. And yes, that includes churches, mosques, and temples of any kind.

  • Steve

    Harry Reid does not represent Utah. He’s the senior Senator from Nevada.

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