I’ve been confused lately about why so many people are up in arms about this NYC mosque.  Not that it seems like a great thing, but it just didn’t strike me as something worth thinking about.  Then I read Ron Paul’s statement on the matter and I’m embarrassed that I didn’t understand immediately.  He has been all around the news and as always his well thought out, rational take on the subject shocks and awes.  (Cut out the B.S. and start watching at 3:25.)

It’s a moral issue not a legal one.  Legally that property can have whatever is allowed according to zoning laws.  Ron Paul, as always, sees through the bullshit and makes plain what actually matters here. (Indents = Ron)

Is the controversy over building a mosque near ground zero a grand distraction or a grand opportunity? Or is it, once again, grandiose demagoguery?

Why are we talking about this?  Who’s fueling the fire?

In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.

They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers from in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.

The claim is that we are in the Middle East to protect our liberties is misleading. To continue this charade, millions of Muslims are indicted and we are obligated to rescue them from their religious and political leaders. And, we’re supposed to believe that abusing our liberties here at home and pursuing unconstitutional wars overseas will solve our problems.

The nineteen suicide bombers didn’t come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran. Fifteen came from our ally Saudi Arabia, a country that harbors strong American resentment, yet we invade and occupy Iraq where no al Qaeda existed prior to 9/11.

There is no doubt that a small portion of radical, angry Islamists do want to kill us but the question remains, what exactly motivates this hatred?

If Islam is further discredited by making the building of the mosque the issue, then the false justification for our wars in the Middle East will continue to be acceptable.

This is yet another example of how democracy is equivalent to mob rule.

It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society—protecting liberty.

In summation and the only part of this whole thing that really matters:

This is all about hate and Islamaphobia.

We now have an epidemic of “sunshine patriots” on both the right and the left who are all for freedom, as long as there’s no controversy and nobody is offended.

Political demagoguery rules when truth and liberty are ignored.

Eye on the prize.

Edit:  Just found a video of Newt Gringrich revealing what a moron he is. He says building this mosque is akin to Nazis putting a sign next to the Holocaust museum.  This inability to tell the difference between a Muslim and a Muslim extremist is exactly what Paul was talking about above.  Also, Islamaphobia insinuates that all reservations about Islam must be phobic and that’s not what I intended.  The perversion of Islam has grown and continues to grow.