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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Joe Conason nails it: "No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque."

(A close second might be the Republican movement to abolish the 14th Amendment. we are officially in the Silly season I think.)

It is worth noting that the efforts to block the mosque run directly counter to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act—a federal statute enacted in 2000 that bans faith-based discrimination in land-use decisions. One of the sponsors of the statute on the Senate side was Holy Joe , and naturally he had something ignorant to say on the subject. It would be fun, in a Tim Russert kind of way, to run down the law's sponsors and where they came out on this. I have a hunch that Barney Frank would be one of the few who wouldn't be embarrassed.

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