Obama: “Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground, but”
of Palestinian women are seen at Qalandiya checkpoint outside the West
Bank city of Ramalla August 28, 2009, on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque
in Jerusalem on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Reuters, Fadi Arouri)
By Sissy Willis of sisu
"Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground, but let me make clear," said the president at "a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan"
today, spinning effortlessly 180 degrees from his previous position
that the Ground Zero Mosque controversy was a "local issue" which he
would not weigh in on:
As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same
right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. 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
Is that inspiring, or what? We are now being asked to believe that
Mr. Obama had embraced the idea all along but was waiting for someone else to cast the first stone the locals to weigh in. Who woulda thunk it, a statist deferring to subsidiarity?
Aides to Mr. Obama say privately that he has always felt strongly about
the proposed community center and mosque. But the White House did not
want to weigh in until local authorities made a decision on the
proposal, planned for two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attack on
the World Trade Center.
We can only guess at what polling entrails revealed to the Leader of the Free World that it was okay to spit in the face of the overwhelming majority of his fellow Americans who oppose
the building of an Islamic tower in the psychological shadow of what
once was the Twin Towers. Perhaps it was an attempt to appease an angry base recently dissed by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as "crazy" and in need of drug testing.