Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Man of the Hour: Michael Bloomberg

If you've had a chance to crack open today's New York Times, you'll see the latest in the controversy regarding plans to build a 13-story mosque just two blocks north of the World Trade Center site.

While the plans have garnered opposition from parties as varied as Sarah Palin, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, and the Anti-Defamation League, the planned mosque and Islamic community center has recently gained final approval from the city.

With the myriad different views and stances regarding the mosque, it's good to see New York City Mayor (and new buddy of President Kim!) Michael Bloomberg taking a strong position that cuts right to the core of the issue; from the Times:
"'To cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists- and we should not stand for that,' the mayor said.

Grappling with one of the more delicate aspects of the debate, Mr. Bloomberg said that the families of Sept. 11 victims- some of whom have vocally opposed the project- should welcome it.

'The attack was an act of war- and our first responders defended not only our city but also our country and out Constitution,' he said, becoming slightly choked up at one point in his speech, which he delivered on Governors Island. 'We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights- and the freedoms the terrorists attacked.'"
Say what you will about Mayor Bloomberg, a man who has unquestionably attracted his fair share of controversy, but I applaud the Mayor for sticking to his guns in such a delicate debate, particularly when his stance is one that will undoubtedly detract his support from some of the most Bloomberg-friendly demographics- namely religious Jews and conservative Republicans, both of whom have largely been vocal in their opposition to the mosque.


k said...

Also, quite a few rabbis and Jewish leaders have backed Bloomberg and strongly supported the building of the site:

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Anonymous said...

Nothing good in Bloomberg or the siting of the Mosque there. Rauf is a fraud, slum-lord, the broke waiter-developer and Rauf misrepresented themselves as owning all of the property when they did not. Bloomberg is a fraud, giving himself a third term when the rules didn't permit it, spending $100 million on his own re-election, next he'll say he will pay for the Mosque personally. This whole charade, which is a strong arm play by the federal government and the state and city government to put this Mosque at Ground Zero makes me sick. Pandering to the big money of the Middle Eastern billionaire friends of Bloomberg. Remember the Lockerbie bomber who just got out of jail because he was dying and BP got an oil deal with Libya around the same time? This country has been sold out over and over again, sold out by the Clintons to the Chinese, sold out by Obama, the Clintons and Bloomberg to the Middle Eastern money and this is part of it. Keep patting yourselves on the back for being such worldly and intelligent people who know better, when you know nothing.

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