I’ve been avoiding the story, just because I think it indulges one of the last acceptable forms of bigotry and because it’s stupid. But apparently Tea Partiers get to decide what’s stupid and what isn’t in national political discourse. Pundits are suggesting that the phrase “Ground Zero Mosque” is going to be this year’s “death panels.” Republicans are all over it and Democrats are already retreating. There is one voice of sanity in the Republican Party this time, though his blaming “both sides” for the controversy seems a little disingenuous.
So does anyone really believe that the Federal Government has any right to tell a religious organization where it can buy property and build a place of worship? Jon Stewart asks whether it’s appropriate to build a Catholic Church next to a playground.