Rick Lazio Shamelessly Uses 9/11 Footage To Bash Mosque And Promote His Campaign
New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, who is facing New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in November’s race, urges Cuomo to investigate the money trail for the downtown Islamic center by using footage from 9/11. Greg Sargent notes how it was considered insensitive to use this kind of imagery for years after the attacks, and Lazio at once thinks that’s acceptable, while arguing that the mosque is in a too-sensitive location. Sargent adds:
More broadly, the war over the Islamic center shows the battle over the legacy of 9/11 remains unsettled nine years after the attacks. Those who support the center had hoped that the passions around 9/11 had subsided to the point where the disaster’s legacy would no longer impede upon, and might even assist, the case that gestures of religious tolerance and an embrace of pluralism are essential weapons in preventing another attack of this magnitude. Even if such a gesture took the form of supporting a center devoted to the study of Islam near the gash in the ground where the attack itself took place.
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