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Did Gibbs Back the Ground Zero Mosque?

I’m not sure. Why don’t you be the judge. Here’s the exchange from yesterday’s briefing.

Q    There’s a debate that’s taking place in New York City whether or not it’s appropriate to build a mosque, an Islamic cultural center, near the site of Ground Zero.  What is the administration’s position on this?

MR. GIBBS:  Suzanne, I’ve been asked about this a couple times.  I think this is rightly a matter for New York City and the local community to decide.

Q    The President takes a position on religious freedom, on tolerance.  Why wouldn’t the administration weigh in on this?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think we have — I think you’ve heard this administration and the last administration talk about the fact that we are not at war with a religion but with an idea that has corrupted a religion.  But, that having been said, I’m not from here going to get involved in local decision-making like that.

Q    Do you think the Anti-Defamation League has a correct point of view in saying, out of the sensitivity to some of the victims of 9/11, it’s not appropriate?

MR. GIBBS:  Suzanne, again, I think it is a decision that is appropriately debated at the local level.

Now, he appears to be staying completely out of the thing. But you notice he mentions, “we are not at war with a religion but with an idea that has corrupted a religion.” In the context of a discussion of the Ground Zero mosque, this could be taken as a signal that the White House does not have a problem with building a mosque there because the president has nothing against a religion, Islam.

Normally, when Gibbs wants to stay out of something, he is careful not to include comments that could be construed as offering an opinion. In this case, either Gibbs felt he could not pass on expressing Obama’s view on “tolerance” once the subject was broached, or he found a subtle way to signal that the administration backs the project.

Given the extraordinary steps the ruling class in New York City has taken to be politically correct and supportive of this enterprise, it’s doubtful that their counterparts in Washington and the White House differ with them.

Anyway, Obama must take a stand and not slink pusillanimously into the background

Why is the president suddenly reticent to comment on local issues? He was quite direct in expressing his feelings about Arizona’s “misguided” immigration law. Is he not involved in local issues every time he comes to campaign for a candidate?

But moreover, since when did Ground Zero become merely a “local issue?” The building of a mosque designed to loom over hallowed U.S. ground is a matter that has, quite properly, emotionally engaged the entire nation.

We need to hear what the president thinks.

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6 Responses to Did Gibbs Back the Ground Zero Mosque?

  1. It’s the words they use, the deceptional points that say one thing and mean another.
    We do not have freedom of worship, we have Freedom of Religion.
    The Muslims are spitting in the face of New Yorkers by insisting that their place of, what, meeting and prayer be near the 9-11 site. They can build anywhere they want, do anything they want in their building elsewhere.
    This issue is about respect for the feelings of the New York public who lost so many loved ones by the hands of Muslim terrorists. Is it really asking too much of the Muslim’s to build somewhere else?
    Gibbsy is just following the WH line that Muslims are our friends except for the ones who hate us and want to kill every single American.

  2. It ameazes me how conservatives want government out of our every day lives until it is something they do not like. This mosque is a NYC issue, not a federal government issue. The feds do not write the zoning laws. As I understand it, the property is question is owned by these people and they have been there for a long time. Now they want to upgrade which includes a mosque. That is a decision for NYC to make and they have made it. How can they move it somewhere else without first seeling their property and then buying new property that meets the zoning requirements.

    • Really Terrapin?? You think this is about ZONING? I couldn’t disagree more.
      The people putting up this mosque have connections to unsavory Islamic groups and decline to say that Hamas is a terrorist organization. My suspicion is that this is not in the least an effort to reach out, but an effort to plant the flag of victory on defeated soil. That is certainly how it will be seen in the Muslim world.
      The people who did this did it in the name of Islam. It’s not inappropriate to say there should not be an Islamic Center on the site, and that putting it there is a provocation. Nobody would advocate putting a German cultural center at the doors of Auschwitz, and that doesn’t mean Germans in general are bad people.
      This was an attack on the United States and the issue of building a mosque there is FEDERAL. There should at least be a comment from our federal leader.

  3. I don’t esp care what the president thinks…nor will I find out…He will crank out a thousand words and I still won’t know…Make no mistake …tiny percentage…great religion of the world…not at war with…New Yorkers are…brave,. noble…the deciders…something something…behaved stupidly…on and on.