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The fact that we are spending so much time talking about "the Mosque" as our economy collapses in a heap indicates how dysfunctional our politics are. I don't disagree with many of the points made in the video, but we should be discussing what to do about unemployment or there won't be a country left.
Who was it that said, "from time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered by the blood of patriots?"
We don't have to be "dysfunctional" about this. If we raise enough Cain about it, we may get it moved at least a few blocks away--just far enough so that the blood and bones of Our Patriots is not defiled by the Gotcha Mosque.
That was Thomas Jefferson. I agree that we have more "important" problems but there is no reason we can't be reasonable about the mosque AND fix the economy, after all we are talking about two sets of people: zoning people and politicians in NYC and congress critters (and the head critter) in DC. The yokels in NYC have it easy (just tell them to find another place for their mosque and while you're at it, explain to us why you called it the Cordoba project). The critters in DC have it harder (and harder by the day) but that isn't to excuse them since they got us where we are (thank you very little).
I've just listened to another of his videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LTKzg1K7Es&feature=related. He is articulate, forceful, and reasoned - as always, however he is an "aggressive atheist" and considers Christianity and Islam basically on the same plane - both fascist religions. I would have less to say if he were just someone who didn't believe in God, but calling Christianity fascist is a bit beyond the pale being as it was the underpinning of the least fascist political system on earth - that which is described by our U.S. Constitution.
I certainly have no interest in discounting him or his opinions, but let's say there is a different "shading" to his point of view.