I almost thought there was hope for NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. In an ABC news story today, he admits that while people of a religious persuasion have the "right" to do something, it doesn't mean they "should." That's exactly what I've been saying about the Ground Zero mosque.
But don't get too excited yet -- Bloomberg was talking about the planned Koran burning down in Florida. Let me be clear: I don't support burning the Koran. But it strikes me as odd that it takes such a story to get Bloomberg to see that there are some things you can do but shouldn't. Why can't he extend the same understanding to families of 9/11 victims, or to the NYC residents who oppose the mosque's location?
Still, though, after watching this interview, Bloomberg takes a couple steps back by continuing to claim that the builders of the mosque have a right to build near Ground Zero and the government shouldn't intervene. *Sigh. Will he ever get it?
In a piece yesterday, Thoma Sowell Offers his thoughts on what the Ground Zero mosque would be: "a 15-story middle finger to America."
What does he say to those who, like Bloomberg, make this a Constitutional issue? "Those who oppose this project are not claiming that there is no legal right to build a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center."
But he's a crazy, fear-mongering, insensitive half-wit that doesn't understand tolerance or the Constitution. So don't listen to him.