As activists advocated the banning of a community center with a mosque inside it, more than 100 press releases on the subject were rolled out of congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Right-wing members of Congress tripped over each other in the effort to eke some electoral advantage out of being the anti-mosquiest.
The plan to build that community center in Manhattan is still moving forward, but the funniest thing has happened in Congress: not a single bill or resolution has been introduced by any member of the House or Senate to do anything about it. On the subject of the so-called “911 Mosque,” members of Congress are all talk and no action.
After a pastor in Florida threatened to burn a few copies of the Koran, members of the Obama administration whipped up the hysteria. One after another, White House officials appeared in front of microphones to predict that such an act would lead to violence, mayhem and massive death as offended Muslims struck back. For the sake of world peace, they beseeched the pastor, don’t burn that book!
After getting exactly the attention he sought, the pastor in Florida promised not to burn his Korans. But someone in New York City burned a Koran, and a church in Kansas burned Korans too. Did the Muslim world erupt in flames? No. There hasn’t been so much as a hiccup in response to these Koran burnings.
The press releases and protestations were all about maintaining image, not about accomplishing anything. Congress and the White House have played the American people for suckers.