Lee Fisher Defends Ground Zero Mosque? What About Other Ohio Democrats? Strickland?
From Sabrina Eaton in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Democrats in Ohio want no part of the partisan brouhaha that has erupted over a plan to build an Islamic center near the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.
“This is a sensitive issue, especially for those most directly affected by the attack at Ground Zero, and I trust that those in the area are in the best position to find a solution,” Copley Township Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton said on Tuesday.
“It is up to the people of New York City and their elected representatives to decide the disposition of properties in their city,” said Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur. “I might add that any person or group that uses tragedy for political gamesmanship two months before an election is not worthy of the term ‘American.’
Gamesmanship? Why are the ones raising the questions- aka 70% of America- the ones who are suspect?
Wouldn’t you rather ask questions about why anyone would, in the name of a supposedly peaceful religion, want to build a mosque ontop of a MASS MURDER SITE WHERE THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED IN THE NAME OF THAT RELIGION?
Lee Fisher’s 4th or 5th campaign manager this year, Lynne Bowman, a radical lesbian activist who is offended at the slightest perceived anti-gay comment, has no problem with Islam, even though in basically every Islamic country Lynne would be the first in line to be beaten and brutally executed:
Spokeswomen for Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher said their bosses think local officials in New York should be responsible for the decision. Brown believes that “political operatives who seek to divide the country with this issue and others are attempting to distract from our most important priority — creating jobs and getting the economy back on track,” said his spokeswoman, Meghan Dubyak.
Lynne Bowman, Fisher’s campaign manager, said the candidate believes “that given the awful nature of the 9/11 attacks, that that decision should be made by the people of New York. But he’s also conscious of the constitutional issue — that we need to protect people’s freedom of religion.
Is that really a good enough answer? The War on Terrorism and 9/11 doesn’t just affect New York, but every state, and thus every United States Senator should express more than just a vague notion that it’s a local issue. And this has nothing to do with freedom of religion, as no one is being prohibited from practicing their faith… We’re simply raising a question of optics and taste.
And with President Obama in Ohio, spending more than $1 million and disrupting Columbus traffic to fundraise for Former Pastor Gov. Strickland… Someone must as today: TED STRICKLAND, DO YOU STAND WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SUPPORT THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE?