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Rand Paul’s Pandering Flip-Flop On The “Ground Zero Mosque”

by @ 8:13 am on August 18, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Elections, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Rand Paul

Less than twenty-four hours after telling a Kentucky political blogger that he considered the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” a New York issue, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul contradicted himself and joined the reactionaries on the side of religious intolerance:

Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul says that he opposes developing plans for a mosque to be built in close proximity to “Ground Zero” in New York City.

The Tea Party-backed hopeful shared his take on the matter in an interview with Kentucky-based station WBKO on Monday.

According to the local outlet, Paul signaled his belief that members of the Muslim community would better off to make donations to the memorial site rather than construct a religious center close to where the World Trade Center towers stood prior to September 11, 2001.

A pandering flip-flop in less than 24 hours. Really disappointing.

3 Responses to “Rand Paul’s Pandering Flip-Flop On The “Ground Zero Mosque””

  1. [...] Reason on Rand Paul here, on the mosque here. Links via Doug Mataconis. [...]

  2. Will says:

    Well, since there doesn´t exist any direct quote from the WBKO interview (as far as I´m aware), it stands to reason that Paul told the WBKO reporter the same thing he told those that have provided more extensive direct quotes, i.e. that it´s a New York issue but his personal opinion is that it´s probably not the best of ideas in the ground zero context.
    Which the reporter shortened into an indirect and extremely condensed “is opposed to the mosque plans” quote.

  3. [...] New York issue, he later said that he did not believe the mosque should be built. Now, I’ve raked Paul over  the coals a bit over at my personal blog for this, but I think it’s fairly certain that Paul’s position is going to help him [...]

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