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"That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here." - Mark's Journal
"That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here."
Thanks to Wendy for pointing out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's remarks today on the controversy over a proposal to build a new mosque and Muslim community center in lower Manhattan in a building adjacent to the World Trade Center site.

“Of all our precious freedoms, the most important may be the freedom to worship as we wish. And it is a freedom that, even here in a City that is rooted in Dutch tolerance, was hard-won over many years. In the mid-1650s, the small Jewish community living in Lower Manhattan petitioned Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant for the right to build a synagogue – and they were turned down.

“In 1657, when Stuyvesant also prohibited Quakers from holding meetings, a group of non-Quakers in Queens signed the Flushing Remonstrance, a petition in defense of the right of Quakers and others to freely practice their religion. It was perhaps the first formal, political petition for religious freedom in the American colonies – and the organizer was thrown in jail and then banished from New Amsterdam.

"Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another."

( Mike Bloomberg's full remarks... )
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polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: August 3rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for reposting his remarks
kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: August 4th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't particularly like "Mayor Mike" for many reasons, but I do agree with him on this topic. The venom that has been unleashed over this issue saddens me.
gordon92151 From: gordon92151 Date: August 4th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I read Mayor Bloomberg’s speech last night and nearly choked up myself. It is so good to see a public official standing up for real American values. These last few years I had wondered if anyone ever would. I personally think Pat Robertson is an abomination upon the earth and all the people who follow him are gullible idiots with a vicious streak but I don’t have the right to stop them from building a church and they don’t have the right to keep Muslims from building a mosque.
seity1 From: seity1 Date: August 4th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It bothers me that my own parents are close minded bigots who oppose the building of the mosque.
zikzak5 From: zikzak5 Date: August 4th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. How refreshing.
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