Friday, August 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

Image courtesy of DNAInfo:

"Whether you like a mosque or don't like a mosque--you don't have to go. There's already another mosque down there within four blocks of the World Trade Center. There's porno places; there's fast food places. I mean, it's a vibrant community--it's New York!"
-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the Daily Show August 26th, 2010

See complete story and episode link here:

Oh, and there's another anti-Jersey semi-rant here that made me laugh and think:

I'll try to be less political next week. In fact, I can start out by linking over to the Ganzfield fan site, where I'm giving away copies of Minder or Adversary to the high school library of the winners' choice:

Happy Weekend!


Disgruntled Bear said...

How come no one's protesting in front of the "porno places" near hallowed ground?

Emily White said...

Because no one was attacked and killed by a society of porn addicts.

The government isn't allowed to tell them no, but the people of this country *are* allowed to say how they feel about it.

Placing a mosque so close to a territory fellow Muslims attacked is akin to putting your flag on conquered ground.

Sorry, that's just how I feel.

aspiring_x said...

ooh! library giveaway! nice idea!

Disgruntled Bear said...

I understand your position, Emily, and I appreciate that you've made the first amendment argument about free speech and government intervention. I respect that, because you're right about the roles of citizens and government in this.

I get scared spitless, though, when I see protesting people on TV screaming hate about Muslims. It reminds me of the footage from the 1960's Deep South desegregation. Those people are not making intelligent decisions based on the constitutionality of their position--they're a scared, angry mob who could turn dangerous.

The actions of the terrorists were not representative of Islam any more than the KKK's lynchings and cross burnings represented Christian ideals. The KKK called themselves Christian organization--but claiming to be one and actually being one are very different things.

Disgruntled Bear said...

Thanks for the segue, aspiring_x! A couple of teacher friends suggested it.

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