I believe in the free speech that liberals used to believe in, the economic freedom that conservatives used to believe in, and the personal freedom that America used to believe in.
Via Marion County Line, comes news of Congressman Ron Paul’s comments about the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy:
“I think it’s a big distraction, a grand distraction from the real issues… To me it should have been a grand opportunity, and you really touched on the opportunity, because it’s really a property rights issue, [...]
The “mosque” controversy isn’t about property rights or religious freedom. It’s a bogus issue seized by the GOP establishment to distract the rank-and-file from the party’s reluctance to shrink government.
— Gene Healy
Kentucky political blogger Jim Higdon reports on a response from the Rand Paul campaign to a question about his stance on the construction of an Islamic community center at a location in Lower Manhattan formerly occupied by a Burlington Coat Factory:
Given all the bad crazy going around regarding allegedly small-government conservatives trying to dictate [...]
The idiocy and sheer bigotry displayed by this so-called man of God is really quite appalling:
You can’t use the Ground Zero excuse for this one:
A church may be a church, and a temple a temple, but through the prism of emotion that still grips many New Yorkers almost a decade after 9/11, a mosque can apparently represent a lot of things.
In the last few months, Muslim groups have encountered unexpectedly [...]
I am not surprised to hear that this happened:
In tone and in the personalities it attracted, Sunday’s rally was far different from the many Ground Zero gatherings and memorial services of recent years.
Only a handful of victims’ relatives came on Sunday.
Sunday’s crowd included representatives of the conservative Tea Party movement, some of them wearing anti-tax [...]
Via my OTB co-blogger Alex Knapp, I learned this morning that the (sadly) ironically named Freedom Party is now the third largest party in The Netherlands:
Stepping away from American politics for a moment, there’s been a shocking result in the Netherlands’ parliamentary elections. The Freedom Party, which supports a ban on Muslims entering the country [...]
Instead of creating my own drawing, here are the cartoons created in 2007 by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who was attacked last week at Uppsalla University by a group of Muslims, and whose home was the target of an arson attack last weekend. In his cartoons, which were created specifically to protest the Muslim reaction [...]
The person who first proposed “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” backed off from the idea several weeks ago, but the guys at Reason Magazine have picked up the ball:
The deadline for submitting work to Reason’s Everybody Draw Mohammed contest has passed; winners will be shown on Thursday, May 20.
All that remains is anticipation, both of the [...]
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