was thinking about this argument as i was burning it off at the gym.
i don't think anyone argues that there is a legal right (subject to zoning, etc.) to the building of the mosque. there is a difference between legal rights and moral authority.
i have the legal right to shoot dogs in the horse pasture. the particular dog that comes here now would not hurt anything, and he seems to have made friends with the horses. he even gets along with the barn cats. he's so old that the horses are more danger to him, than he is to them. while i can legally shoot him, i do not have the moral authority to do so. because everyone knows this old dog and his temperament, i would not have support from others is i did shoot him unless i could show that his behavior had changed.
Lincoln had the moral authority, but not the legal right to issue the emancipation proclamation. even though he was wrong legally, through the years he has gained great backing for the decision he made.
if this "community center" and mosque were being built to heal wounds an foster understanding, it would not be being put where it is. the choice of locations might have been innocent. once the outcry was heard, the best choice would have been to find another place and announce that you understood the outcry and wanted to be sensitive to the feelings of the 9/11 families. choosing another place would have given moral authority even though they had the legal right to build in the first spot.
the choice they have made makes their whole argument suspect. it makes people wonder and investigate whether or not there is another reason for building there.
and it's Muslims alsohttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080603006.htmlhttp://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Mischief+Manhattan/3370303/story.html#ixzz0w4TscDTW
BTW...remember that the past immigration bill was killed by conservatives not democrats. there is a difference between conservatives and a lot of republican leaders...especially the old ones who have been there so long they don't know anything but compromise.
i once swore that i would never vote for McCain. i had to eat that. it was not because i liked him, but because he was the proverbial lesser of two evils.