Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fox News Attacks Obama's "Ground Zero Mosque" Comments

As expected, Fox News has posted an article discussing President Obama's recent comments in support of the Islamic community center being proposed a couple blocks from Ground Zero, giving the story their particular brand of conservative journalism - they shy away from discussing the religious freedoms of Muslims and instead give a voice to right-wing ideologues like former GOP Senator Rick Santorum.

"I don't think Barack Obama would say, 'Well we have religious tolerance, we're going to allow them to do that,'" Santorum said. "That is the wrong way to look at this. This is not whether it's a legal right to do it. People have legal rights to do a lot of things in this country."

Santorum made the same argument proponents of California's Proposition 8 are now making - the will of the people is being ignored.

"We have the will of the American public," he said - the imam is "ignoring the will of the American public, as by the way, Barack Obama is by siding with him."

Rep. Peter King also came out against the president and the building. "While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque, they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much," he said. "The right and moral thing for President Obama to have done was to urge Muslim leaders to respect the families of those who died and move their mosque away from ground zero. Unfortunately, the president caved into political correctness."

The Fox News article would certainly be "fair and balanced" if it gave varying opinions on the matter but it leaves off with Santorum's comments believing the mosque should be scrubbed because most Americans don't like the idea of it - a silly belief that the constitution can be placed on hold if enough people don't like something...

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