Sheriff Lee Baca, Only Law Enforcement Witness at King’s Muslim Radicalization Hearings, Speaks Out

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 7:10 am

Peter King has called any criticism of his McCarthyite “Islamic radicalization” hearing “absolutely insane.” He claims that his hearing, which will look at the cooperation of Muslim-Americans with law enforcement, will expose a radical Muslim community that either looks the other way at or actively participates in terrorism and extremism. This has generated a fair [...]

Obama Asserts “We Will Not Sacrifice Liberties” Due to September 11; Reality Begs to Differ

By: Saturday September 11, 2010 8:23 am

The President’s statement at the Pentagon on September 11 mirrored in many ways his impromptu statement at yesterday’s press conference against Islamophobia and being captured by fear. Let me quote at length (I’ve taken a paragraph out of this, but I’ll return to it). Our remembrance today also requires a certain reflection. As a nation, [...]

Anti-American Chatter Surges on Jihadist Websites in Response to Park51 Fury

By: Monday August 23, 2010 9:16 am

While the White House’s top counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, has said that he’s seen no evidence that the controversy over the Park51 project has fueled extremism abroad, Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal begs to differ. Islamic radicals are seizing on protests against a planned Islamic community center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero and anti-Muslim [...]

Blunt Takes Blowback for 9-11 Imagery in Ad

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 12:08 pm

Roy Blunt has a slight problem. He and Robin Carnahan have near-100% name recognition in their Senate race in Missouri, and the polling in the race shows him with a low single-digit lead based on the general advantage for Republicans in this election year. But Blunt has an Achilles heel on the bailout, which he [...]

Franken Blasts Republican Fearmongering on Cordoba House Project

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 8:48 am

Senator Al Franken, who resided in New York City for many years during his Saturday Night Live days, excoriated Republicans for their exploitation of the Cordoba House project, calling it out as a familiar wedge issue designed to divide Americans. Franken said conservative opposition to the mosque is “one of the most disgraceful things that [...]

Media Spends Three Weeks Covering Controversy Over Non-Existent Building Plans

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 7:25 am

I have to confess, when I heard about the zoning and planning for the Cordoba House cultural center within two blocks of Ground Zero, my impression was the developers were about to break ground on it. I hadn’t considered the most likely option, that wingnuts and the media never looked at the viability of the [...]

Bigotry and Fear Still Reigning Supreme in Cordoba House Debate

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 1:31 pm

Peter King is not a reliable source, but given David Paterson’s previous foray into the Corboda House debate, trying to entice the developers with public money into moving elsewhere, this rings true: New York Governor David Paterson plans to discuss relocating a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque to a less emotionally charged location farther [...]

More Bed-Wetter Democrats Join Reid on Cordoba House

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 6:40 am

Chris Cillizza must have been the first one with his hand up in the Washington Post editorial meeting to volunteer to write the “Democrats in disarray” piece, about the Cordoba House project. He must have dialed with glee into all the campaigns and heard all the anguished responses. I particularly enjoyed the anonymous operative at [...]

Reid Comes Out Against Cordoba House Project Near Ground Zero

By: Monday August 16, 2010 12:47 pm

Painful to even write about this: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that he’s opposed to building an Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 attacks. Reid, who is locked in a tough reelection campaign, broke with President Obama in calling for the New York center to be built somewhere else. Obama [...]

Before Right-Wing Blogger Outrage, Conservatives Supported Cordoba House

By: Monday August 16, 2010 10:07 am

The President’s remarks on the Cordoba House project, now placed in their full context to mean a support of the right for any religious group to worship freely, consistent with local laws and zoning ordinances, has touched off one of these “get us through the summer” debates in the political realm (see Marcy on this). [...]

Obama Strongly Supports Construction of Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

By: Saturday August 14, 2010 8:09 am

At a dinner ceremony honoring the holiday of Ramadan, President Obama waded into the controversy over the Cordoba House project, strongly and unequivocally supporting the construction of the Islamic Center near Ground Zero in Manhattan. Not only that, he supported the proposition of allowing Muslims to build their own houses of worship anywhere in America, [...]

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