Howard Dean Wrong On Mosque
The former DNC chairman told WABC radio that he wants the Islamic center to be moved to a different location, and even claims that keeping it at the proposed location would be an affront to Muslim victims of the 9/11 attacks.
He also doesn’t seem to realize that the mosque would not be “at Ground Zero,” but at a former Burlington Coat Factory two blocks away, saying, “That site doesn’t belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all people of all faiths.”
HOST: Governor, what is your position on the controversy surrounding the mosque at Ground Zero?
DEAN: I gotta believe there has to be a compromise here. This isn’t about the right for Muslims to have a worship center, or Jews or Christians or anybody else to have a place to worship, any place at Ground Zero. This is something we oughta be able to work out with people of good faith. And we have to understand that it is a real affront to people who lost their lives, including Muslims. That site doesn’t belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all people of all faiths. So I think a good reasonable compromise could be worked out without violating the principle people oughta be able to worship as they see fit.
HOST: You’re calling for a compromise, are you calling for the mosque to be moved?
DEAN: Well I think another site would be a better idear. (sic)
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