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Altmire ‘offended’ by Ground Zero mosque

Altmire ‘offended’ by Ground Zero mosque

Count Congressman Jason Altmire (D-4) among the politicians who doesn’t think a mosque should be built two blocks away from where the Twin Towers once stood.

Altmire said over the weekend that he is “offended” by the idea of building the mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, where the worst of the Sept. 11, 200 terrorist attacks occurred. Acknowledging the project’s backers have a legal and constitutional freedom to do so, Altmire said “there should be some discussion about what is right morally, as well as just what you’re allowed to do.”

Altmire made his comments during a KDKA radio interview shortly after President Obama came out in support of the project. Opposition to the plan has become a rallying cry for Republicans, and the GOP has used Obama’s recent comments to inject the issue into local races. Democrats, meanwhile, have more often than not tried to avoid speaking on the issue. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the project.

“I think that the people who are supportive of putting the mosque there are missing the point of the impact and the devastation that [Sept. 11] had to us as a country but certainly to that part of the country that was directly impacted by that,” Altmire said.

August 16, 2010 at 8:00 am Staff

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  1. Trencherbone

    Aug 16th, 2010

    Does any politician seriously think that allowing the Muslims to build this Victory Mosque will pacify them or prevent further attacks? In fact, it will only encourage them, in the same way that allowing the Nazis to occupy the Rhineland led to their occupation of Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and then the whole of Europe.

    The politicians should read the links under ‘Appeasement’ at EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM

  2. Mike

    Aug 16th, 2010

    Perhaps getting a little perspective might be helpful. Here is a link to the location in Google Maps. Yes, it is a few blocks from Ground Zero, but in New York City, that is a world away. Click on the “A” and go to the street view and you will get a feel for the neighborhood. Not exactly anywhere near Ground Zero, is it?

  3. David Diano

    Aug 16th, 2010

    I’m offended by Altmire belonging to the Democratic party.

    There’s a lot more you need to know about Islam.

    Your links are like pointing to the Bible and all the eye-for-an-eye and smiting bullshit in there.

    Children who refuse to obey their parents must be executed.

    If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. — Deuteronomy 21:18-21

    He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. — Exodus 21:15

    He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. — Exodus 21:17

    Children who mock their parents will have their eyes plucked out by ravens and eaten by eagles.

    The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. — Proverbs 30:17

  4. Lee Levan

    Aug 17th, 2010

    If a Christian church builds a place for kids to play basketball, but it also has a chapel, it doesn’t make the building a church. Same thing for this Muslim community center; it’s not a mosque. Let’s a least be honest during this debate.

  5. BerksWoman

    Aug 17th, 2010

    I agree with Diano: “I’m offended by Altmire belonging to the Democratic party.”.

  6. Peter

    Aug 17th, 2010

    Islam is based on violence and terror. Christians and Muslims have both done terrible things in the name of God, but some differences. Mohammad encouraged the use of violence to spread Islam. He claimed that he was successful through the use of terror. You won’t find any quotes from Jesus like that. Islam has no place in American society. One can practice any religion they want AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT trample the rights of others. That is the definition of Islam.

  7. Augusta

    Aug 19th, 2010

    I agree with Diano and BerksWoman: “I’m offended by Altmire belonging to the Democratic party.” I am also a dedicated Democrat.

    Following Altire’s logic, they should also tear down the existing mosque that is 4 blocks away from ground zero, and the next one that is 6 blocks away.

    I am an old time New Yorker that moved to Pennsy 15 years ago. I’ve worked on the construction at the World Finicial Center and my dad helped build the Trade Towers back in the day.

    New York City is the Mecca of religious freedom for the world and is what makes the city, and our nation, great. WHy would anyone want the terrorists to win this battle and tear down the tolerance that lays the foundation for our religious freedom?

    I’m not a big Nancy Pelosi fan but she got it right: This is a NYC zoning issue, not fodder for a political debate.

    Altmire is against religious freedom.

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