You have to hand it to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. She finally has made the Ground Zero mosque into an actual First Amendment issue.
For the vast majority of us, this never has been a question about whether our Muslim-American brothers and sisters have the First Amendment right to build a place of worship. They obviously do. Even the bothersome isssues of potential Wahhabi funding and Imam Rauf's past comments have taken a back seat to what is the real and obvious problem: propriety. Taste. Appropriateness.
Give it to Pelosi, though. She has made this controversy into a full-blown First Amendment issue. Monday night she told a radio station in her congressional district, "There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded "
This is beyond psychotic.
A few questions for Madame Speaker.
1. Should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid be investigated?
2. Should President Obama's walk back Saturday be investigated?
3. Do we need to start a massive public works program--hey, real shovel-ready stimulus projects--to build prisons to house the 210 million Americans, many Muslim themselves, who oppose this mosque?
4. Do you want Congress or federal law enforcement to conduct this investigation?
5. Will the family members of those who died in the September 11th attacks be given better accomodations if the answer to question 3 is "yes?"
We know how this will play out. The old media initially will ignore this story. Then it will ridicule it. And if and when that doesn't work, Pelosi will claim she wanted a press investigation or make some other false claim.
Republicans have shown true decency since September 11th. President Bush went out of his way to defend the vast majority of American Muslims as the towers fell. Contrast that with Woodrow Wilson, who launched a pogrom on innocent German-Americans, and FDR, who rounded up innocent Japanese-Americans and placed them in concentration camps. Does anyone seriously believe a Democratic president would not have conducted polls to see how to treat Muslim Americans after September 11th and used similar tactics if the stats showed such to be popular? Also note Pelosi's blatantly fascist kneejerk reaction to make political prisoners out of people who don't agree with her.
Yesterday the Department of Justice dropped its six-year prosecution of former Rep. Tom Delay. The ex-congressman said Pelosi "was the swamp." Sorry to differ, but Nancy Pelosi is a creature in the swamp, one of many Democrats who shame this nation daily. I look forward to seeing that cesspool drained come November.
UPDATED: Things have gone downhill for Pelosi today. She issued a "clarification" which was little more than the same call for investigations of opponents of this mosque. She did not call for investigations into its funding, saying only it deserved scrutinty. All of which is unfortunate, because ABC News just reported the mosque backers will accept Iranian and Saudi money and won't go into too much detail about how much of the necessary fortune has been raised.