The local TV news [and the New York Times] reports that Mayor Bloomberg had a Ramadan dinner tonight, in which he told Manhattan’s Muslims to not back down from building on Park Place.
Speaking at a traditional dinner at Gracie Mansion as part of Ramadan, the mayor sought to tamp down the opposition and regain control over a national debate that has escalated by the day, starting as a local zoning dispute and becoming a referendum on the limits of religious tolerance in an age of terrorism.
Mr. Bloomberg, flanked by the centerâ€™s developer and the wife of its imam, said he understood the impulse to find a different location, in the hope of ending the controversy.
â€œBut it wonâ€™t,â€ the mayor said. â€œThe question will then become, â€˜How big should the â€˜no-mosque zoneâ€™ around the World Trade Center be?â€™ â€
He added: â€œThere is already a mosque four blocks away. Should it, too, be moved? This is a test of our commitment to American values. We must have the courage of our convictions. We must do what is right, not what is easy.â€
Way to go, Mayor Mike! Unfortunately, a lot of other New York politicians, including Democrats, are doing what is easy and timidly calling for the center to be moved.
Meanwhile, in the Los Angeles Times Jonah Goldberg takes victimization to new heights, or depths, if you will.
Here’s a thought: The 70% of Americans who oppose what amounts to an Islamic Niketown two blocks from ground zero are the real victims of a climate of hate, and anti-Muslim backlash is mostly a myth.
But is that a thought, though? Or is it flatulence? Hard to tell. And what does he mean by “an Islamic Niketown”?
But you see where he’s coming from — only patriotic, flag-waving, right-wing Americans get to be victims. Everyone else in the world just picks on them for no reason. (See also Alex Pareene.)
I think that if John wayne were still alive, and he got a good look at Jonah the Doughboy, he’d turn liberal.