Since its conception the idea of putting a mosque and an Islamic cultural center at Ground Zero has been under attack from every imaginable angle. No, wait, I mean it’s been under attack from the self-serving wingnut bigots on the far right.
Regardless of all the negative, bias attacks that have plagued the issue, earlier this week the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 to 0 to give the project the green light. Immediately the fear-mongering turned to, “well, umm, well where are they going to get the money to build this mosque (a.k.a. church)?”
Bloomberg put those questions to rest:
“People say, well, you know, ‘Do they have the money? Can they raise the money? Where does it come from?’ ” the mayor said Friday on his WOR-AM radio show with John Gambling.
“I don’t know, and government shouldn’t — do you really want every time they pass the basket in your church and you throw a buck in, they run over and say, ‘Okay, now, you know, where do you come from? Who are your parents? Where’d you get this money?’
“No! This is just not — and I can’t for the life of me — a handful of people ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
Kudos Mr. Bloomberg.