This debate went from near-zero to 60 this week, an it will no doubt be a subject of highly contentious back-and-forth for as long as the plan is still on the drawing boards.
Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg added to his long list of inane statements on the subject with this mother-of-all-straw-men arguments:
“People say, ‘Well, you know, do they have the money? Can they raise the money? Where does it come from?’ I don’t know,” said the mayor, a staunch defender of the proposed center, on his weekly radio show.
“Do you really want every time they pass the basket in your church and you throw a buck in, they run over and say, ‘OK, now, you know, where do you come from? Who are your parents? Where did you get this money?’ No,” he said.
“A handful of people,” he concluded, “ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
So, what do you think? Will the effort to stop the mosque be as successful as other battlefield preservation efforts outside of Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg and Valley Forge?
Or will Mayor Bloomberg and the false arguments about what land use authroties can and cannot do in light of the Free Exercise Clause triumph?