The right's push against the community center, of course, has only increased since, but I haven't seen much in the way of criticism of Bloomberg. I'd assumed it was because the mayor's position was so difficult to refute, Republicans chose to just steer clear of it.
But Bill Kristol today starts the overdue offensive against the mayor.
The conclusion of Bloomberg's speech was odd: "Political controversies come and go, but our values and our traditions endure -- and there is no neighborhood in this City that is off limits to God's love and mercy, as the religious leaders here with us can attest." Do the rest of us need Bloomberg's hand-picked religious leaders to tell us that there are no limits to God's love and mercy?
Actually, I suspect the point of Bloomberg assembling an ecumenical panel was to prove that this "controversy" isn't about helping one specific religious tradition -- it's about honoring principles that serve the interests of all. It's why we're seeing diverse groups of faith leaders stepping up to denounce "xenophobia and religious bigotry" in the midst of this debate.
I missed the whole part where the Founding Fathers pontificated for hours that Christianity was the ONLY RELIGION EVER AND JEEBUS WAS THE AUTHOR OF THE CONSTITUTION! Kristol's cheap and disingenuous gaming of this controversy comes at no surprise, but even for so called conservatives this is asinine. Kristol nor his ilk want to uphold our nation's foundation, they want to completely dismantle it and transform it into something dark. Perhaps go back to the mythical 1950's that never effing existed?
All of this would be easier if neo-cons would actually follow the teachings of their merciful god. I doubt that will ever happen.
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