Obama “Forcefully Endorses” Ground Zero Mosque

From the AP/ Yahoo News: President Barack Obama hosts an iftar dinner, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010.

Earlier this week, we read the news that nearly 70% of Americans oppose the building of the mosque at ground zero. Now, it appears that Captain Kick-A  is drastically on the wrong side of the American people, AGAIN….but then, when has he ever been in tune with the American people, and why should he start, now?

Fox News.com reports:

President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and the nation.

And see? Obama, as usual, throws out the ridiculous strawman. Who, pray, is advocating that Muslims  be prevented from practicing their religion in this country? Hm? Anybody?

Nobody has a problem with Muslims putting up Mosques. That’s one of the lamer arguments I’ve heard Islamists and their lib allies make.

Nobody is even advocating that the government stop them. They are appealing to their better angels to be sensitive to the feelings of Americans who are understandably offended by the idea.

PLEASE…JUST NOT THERE.

Ground Zero is hallowed ground, CK says, and he’s right:

When we speak of Ground Zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there — and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized or misappropriated.

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America is a free country where you can build whatever you want — but not anywhere. That’s why we have zoning laws. No liquor store near a school, no strip malls where they offend local sensibilities, and, if your house doesn’t meet community architectural codes, you cannot build at all.

These restrictions are for reasons of aesthetics. Others are for more profound reasons of common decency and respect for the sacred. No commercial tower over Gettysburg, no convent at Auschwitz — and no mosque at Ground Zero.

Build it anywhere but there.

The governor of New York offered to help find land to build the mosque elsewhere. A mosque really seeking to build bridges, Rauf’s ostensible hope for the structure, would accept the offer.

But the President is on a roll, let’s hear him out:

“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Uh huh. Awesome. Another gift to Republicans.

Obama may want to alert Gibsy, though, because he’s been telling people that as far as the administration is concerned, it’s a local matter.

UPDATE:

Video of Obama’s statement:

UPDATE II:

The WSJ:

Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles Burlingame was the pilot of the plane the terrorists hijacked and flew into the Pentagon, said she was furious over the president’s remarks.

“I’m so angry. I believe this president has abandoned the American people,” she said. “This isn’t a fight about religious freedom for Muslims. No one has argued they don’t have the property rights. This is about a project led by someone who says he’s trying to build bridges and bring the community together and he’s chosen probably the worst place in America and the worst way to do it.”

Around the blogosphere:

Hot Air: Obama on the Ground Zero mosque: Sounds like a plan

AoSHQ: Obama: Ground Zero Victory Mosque? Absolutely, Sounds Awesome

iOWNTHEWORLD: Obama Backs Mosque

Jihad Watch: Tonight at White House Ramadan dinner, Obama set to betray Americans who are standing against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero

Atlas Shrugs: Obama Backs 911 Ground Zero Mega Mosque at Ramadan Celebration

Gateway Pundit: Shocker. Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque Plans at Ramadan Iftar Celebration

Sister Toldjah: President Obama endorses Ground Zero mosque – on “freedom of religion” grounds

Wizbang: Obama gives ‘thumbs up’ to Ground Zero mosque

and

Obama endorses Ground Zero mosque

Ed Driscoll: ‘Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque Plans’

Jennifer Rubin: Obama Sides With Ground Zero Mosque Builders vs. Americans

American Power: Obama Defends Plan for Mosque Near Ground Zero — ‘Friends of Terror’ Attend White House Ramadan Dinner

Doug Ross: Citing Overwhelming Support Of Vast Majority Of Muslims Living In Foreign Countries, Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque

The Other McCain: How Much Contempt Will Americans Suffer?

Dan Riehl: Obama: “Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground, but”

and Video: Obama’s People Problem

Exurban League: An uncomfortable thought.

Imagine yourself on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001.

As you sat there in shock, what if someone had told you that in 10 years….

sisu: Obama: “Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground, but”

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Obama’s Odd Ramadan Message

Bloomberg’s Ground Zero Speech On State Dept. Website As Obama Administration Pretends To Be Neutral On Issue

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Can We Call Them Democrat Socialists, Now?

Because quite a number of them  really are card carrying Dem Socialists.

Gateway Pundit reports:

The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.
This admission was recently posted on Scribd.com:

See Gateway Pundit for the 70 Dems on the list.

I’ve been saying for a year and a half now that it’s time to rebrand the whole party. Even though most Dems are not on the record, they’ve greenlighted Obama’s Socialist agenda every step of the way.

And make no mistake. Obama is a Democratic Socialist, himself.

Last November Trevor Loudon reported:

The push to socialize US Heathcare came, not from from the “people”, but from small clique of Marxists, led by a man with close persional ties to president Barack Obama.

This group’s goal is fully socialized, government run “single payer” healthcare-as long promoted through Congressman John Conyers’ National Health Insurance Act, or HR 676.

The leader of this Marxist clique is Quentin Young-a retired Chicago physician, a life long Marxist activist and long time friend and political ally of Barack Obama.

Physicians for a National Health Program National Coordinator Dr. Quentin Young with Sen. Barack Obama at Dr. Young’s 80th birthday celebration in 2003.

Young has known and worked with Obama for years, in Chicago and has reportedly directly influenced Obama’s views on socialized medicine.

According to radical journalist John Nichols writing in The Progressive;

Obama…learned about single-payer health care from his old friend and neighbor Dr. Quentin Young, the longtime coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Quentin Young told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, that while an Illinois State senator, Obama was a strong supporter of “single payer”

Barack Obama, in those early days—influenced, I hope, by me and others—categorically said single payer was the best way, and he would inaugurate it if he could get the support, meaning majorities in both houses, which he’s got, and the presidency, which he’s got. And he said that on more than one occasion…. ”

Of course, Obama has subsequently stated that he was for single payer…..“only if we were starting from scratch”, because we’re all stupid enough to buy that line of b.s.

RELATED:

The Hill: ‘Professional left’ not ready to back an Obama challenger

Of course they’re not – what a load of crap. The ‘professional left’ has never had it this good, and most likely , never will again.

UPDATE:

Much more at American Power on The Democrat Socialist Party of America.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

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A Video Answer To F*ck Tea

I linked to Professor Jacobson’s  post about this latest left-wing, grassroots astroturf  attempt at  a “movement” on my  “Must Reads” post, yesterday  This latest attempt: “F*ck Tea”,  is so lame, even some liberals are objecting on the (correct!) grounds that it makes progressives look like a$$holes.

Anyway, Carol of No Sheeples Here couldn’t resist creating an answer video to F*CK  Tea,  which brilliantly highlights even more pathetic childishness coming from the left. (The song is NSFW):

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Obama’s Odd Ramadan Message

It has been customary for Presidents going back to at least Carter, to issue special messages on religious holidays, including the Muslim holy day of Ramadan. GW Bush took great pains in his messages to convey the idea that the United States was not at war with Islam.

Obama, not surprisingly, goes above and beyond the call of duty with his greeting for this year’s Ramadan

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.  This is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared.  But Ramadan is also a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and pray during the night; when Muslims provide support to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere.  For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.

These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings. (?) Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. (??) And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country. (???) And today, I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan.

I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.

May God’s peace be upon you.

As this Washington Times oped notes, Obama seems to have rewritten US history and given “Islam a prominence in American annals that it has not earned”.

That Islam has had a major role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings may come as a surprise to Muslim women. Young Afghan girls who are having acid thrown in their faces on the way to school might want to offer their perspectives. That Islam is “known” for diversity and racial equality is also a bit of a reach. This certainly does not refer to religious diversity, which is nonexistent in many Muslim-majority states. This is a plaudit better reserved for a speech at the opening of a synagogue in Mecca.

Most puzzling is the president’s claim that “Islam has always been part of America.” Islam had no influence on the origins and development of the United States. It contributed nothing to early American political culture, art, literature, music or any other aspect of the early nation.

Throughout most of American history, the Muslim world was perceived as remote, alien and belligerent.

Read on as the article makes that case.

He is so off the mark you almost wonder if he’s using taqiyya.

Obama has a history of exaggerating the contributions of Islam to the world. He did the same thing during his speech to the Muslim world, last year, which Robert Spencer summed up as platitudes and naivete, and Michelle Malkin called Rainbows and unicorns and a world without the j-word.

Melanie Phillips was alarmed to hear Obama using common Islamic boilerplate.

He appears to be a doubling down on a strategy of  what Charles Krauthammer termed,imperial condescension and adolescent diplomacy” with the Islamic world in the hopes that that will make them like us more.

Apparently no one ever taught him, “honesty is the best policy”.

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