Friday, August 20, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque

I'm not much of a Keith Olbermann fan.  He's often an agitator and a blowhard.  Though I usually agree with his opinions more than others of his ilk (O'Reilly, Beck, Limbaugh, etc.) his antagonistic approach is tiresome.

He has recently taken an unpopular viewpoint on the controversy surrounding the Muslim community center that will be built within a few blocks of the World Trade Center memorial in New York City.  His main point, among others, is that "there is no 'Ground Zero Mosque'" and that it is un-American (and even bigoted) to deny freedom of religion.  He even quotes Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemoller, in a way that seems contrived at first, but makes more sense as he expands his thesis.

Aside from the political rhetoric about conservative foes and the over-simplification of a few details, I find myself with Olbermann on this one.  He makes a compelling, intelligent, and sobering case for why this community center should be allowed to exist in downtown Manhattan.

What do you think?

thanks to Erik "Pub Pastor" Samuelson for sharing this video via Facebook.


  1. This is the best thought out statement I have heard on this topic. Thanks for posting it.

  2. I started quite a conversation with my FB post of this on my page. I also found it interesting that Jon Stewart had a very similar piece about the community center and the current place of worship that pre-dated the WTC.


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