Mayor Bloomberg’s Speech

New York City's Republican mayor steps up and explains why the "Mosque at 9/11 Site" story is important, and why it would be wrong to prevent the mosque from being built.  He really hits the nail on the head here:

“This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions or favor one over another. The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan.

“Let us not forget that Muslims were among those murdered on 9/11, and that our Muslim neighbors grieved with us as New Yorkers and as Americans. We would betray our values and play into our enemies' hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists, and we should not stand for that.

"For that reason, I believe that this is an important test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetimes, as important a test. And it is critically important that we get it right.

"On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, 'What God do you pray to?' (Bloomberg's voice cracks here a little as he gets choked up.) 'What beliefs do you hold?'

"The attack was an act of war, and our first responders defended not only our city, but our country and our constitution. We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked."

5 thoughts on “Mayor Bloomberg’s Speech

  1. Curt Ewing

    I am guessing, but certainly there are other mosques in NYC. The issue is where it’s going and how big it is. If the mosque is going to be built on the 911 epi center location then it is not outlandish to consider it a situation of politics and arguably a violation of separation of church and state. That said, I am hazy on exactly where the proposed location is.

  2. Jon Lowder

    Hey Curt,
    My understanding is that its a couple of blocks from the 9/11
    epicenter. To me the point that its private property and the fact
    that the government entity that decides whether the building is
    appropriate for the naeighborhood (i.e. the equivalent of a planning
    board around here) said that the building is okay on that site is
    enough. Whether its a mosque, synagogue or church should be
    irrelevant. I also like his point that Muslims died in the WTC
    alongside Christians, Jews, Atheists, etal.

  3. Tom

    I think KFC stopped being considered Southern about the time it stopped being considered actual chicken, which was a while ago.


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