One of the problems I have with this column is that all your comments and communications cannot appear in print. There simply isn’t room (I’m delighted to say!) All mail received and not published by the EWN is subsequently forwarded directly to me. As it is not my policy to become involved in personal correspondence, my chance of recourse or response to their great diversity of opinion is severely restricted.
My Obama piece on the president’s reaction to the building of a Mosque near ground zero was a case in point. One irate gentleman in particular delivered a whole tirade of vitriolic scorn in my direction. Accusing me, among other things, of not listening to what Obama actually said in his recent Ramadan address. Well I can assure you Mr.J. I have replayed the speech many times and can almost quote it verbatim. The part you conveniently left out in your letter was delivered by Obama as follows. ‘As a citizen and President I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country, and that includes the right to build a place of worship in lower Manhattan.’ If that is not endorsing the project then I don’t know what is! I am also aware Mr.J. that it is to not only be a Mosque but also a place of Islamic culture. Furthermore if you trouble to read my column correctly you’ll see I did use the word ‘near’ when describing the proposed site.
Of course I believe in the first amendment. Of course I believe in the freedom of speech and religion. I fervently believe that persons who consider the ideals of the first amendment to be subjects of scorn, should be treated with great caution. Throughout history Islam sometimes spread its message by violence or ‘holy war’ and I don’t think it’s about to end with the appeased erection of a Culture Centre/Mosque near ‘ground zero.’ Far from it. This will be regarded by many Islamists as a great ‘
I await you slings and arrows in my usual state of shoe shivering anticipation
Keep the faith.
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