Robert Knight

Who Was That Mosqued Man? Shhh… Conservatives take note: When the Washington Post tells you to back off something, it’s time to turn up the heat.

On Aug. 14, the Post carried one of its “helping conservatives find themselves” articles, “GOP leaders urge caution on pushing mosque issue: Backlash at polls feared.”

Translation: This issue is killing Mr. Obama and his fellow liberals, so kindly shut up. The proposed Manhattan mosque is a keg o’ dynamite. It has blown up apathetic Americans’ benign illusions about Mr. Obama: “They’re going to build what? Where? And he’s okay with that?”

For months, the nation has watched plans proceed for a 13-story, $100-million mosque adjacent to Ground Zero, where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. The Post’s front page story on August 14 delicately described them as “al-Qaeda terrorists purporting to act in the name of Islam.” Well, since they went down with the jets and weren’t convicted in a court, maybe we should just call them “suspects.”

Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who opined that ObamaCare opponents were probably behind the botched Times Square bombing (before the arrest of the Muslim terror suspect), has endorsed the mosque despite fierce public opposition.

On Friday, August 13, at an iftar dinner at the White House, Mr. Obama joined the mosque folly by saying:

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.” Translation: If you don’t go along with this insult to the dead and to our soldiers even now fighting the spread of radical Islam, you’re not for religious freedom.

But Mr. Obama took it a step further:

“Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country”


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.