The Cordoba controversy explained

Commenter mclaren has found a picture that sums it all up:






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    Warren Terra says:

    The “I Bomb New York” topiary is a nice touch. Densely populated areas like lower Manhattan can always use some greenery.

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    GambitRF says:

    It’s a monument of victory over the infidels of Burlington Coat Factory!!

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    Kiril says:

    Sometimes I am happy that I am so out of touch. Every time I read about the Cordoba House, I just focus like laser on the fact that they are building an indoor swimming pool that anyone can join up and swim in. A freaking pool, people! You know how hard it is to find a good place to swim in the city? I joined the JCC to swim although I’m not Jewish and I love it. I work outside in the South and it is fucking hot. Sometimes the only thing keeping me going is knowing I soon will be immersed in water. There is an actual mosque 4 blocks away that does not have a pool, why don’t they all just chase those guys? Or better yet, build a Christian swimming pool next door and let the invisible hand of the market determine which is better? Then there would be two swimming pools in one block!
    tl;dr I am pro-swimming pool.

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    licensed to kill time says:

    Perhaps we could put a statue of Jeebus flipping a bird as well…heck, why not a circle of ALL gawds, verily a Flock of Flippin’ Birds! Take that, you puny humans!

    That would be awesome.

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    Brilliant. But shouldn’t Osama be aborting a Christian fetus with his spare hand?

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    DickSpudCouchPotatoDetective says:

    Welp, I just now read the President’s remarks from last night.

    Let me say, it made me proud. Proud to be an American. Proud that I voted for this guy. Proud that I gave him all my spare money in 2008. Proud that I argued his case on these pages like a rat with a brain tumor. Proud that I still support him today.

    But it also left me puzzled, since I learned the things he spoke about in school when I was a kid, public school out here in the middle of Goldwater Country. Seriously, I went to the same grade school that Barry Goldwater went to. This is not a hotbed of liberalism out here, and yet what Obama said last night is the version of religious freedom and tolerance that we learned rather matter of factly in public school in Arizona in the 1950’s.

    So …. what happened to the MORONS who are “outraged” over this position? Didn’t they go to school? Didn’t the education take? WTF is the matter with them? They don’t talk like Americans. They sound more like Al Qaeda than America.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @DickSpudCouchPotatoDetective: Remember fully one half of the population is below average.

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    Warren Terra says:

    @ Dick Spud
    One thing that I think hasn’t gotten enough attention in this speech is that Obama includes Atheism among the types of religious belief deserving of our society’s respect and protection – mentioning it twice, in fact.

    Obama has made a habit of including nonbelievers when his speeches mention religion, something that I can’t remember other Presidents doing even in isolated incidents. And it seems like a fairly idealistic stance – there aren’t huge numbers of Atheists in this country, and those we have got tend to be well-educated, inclined to vote and to vote against the party of Sarah Palin and Pat Robertson without needing this sort of recognition. I know that, like every President of the last few decades, Obama ends most every speech with some version of “God Bless America”, which I still rather dislike, but I’m still enormously pleased with his stance in support of respect for Atheists.

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    trueblood says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: And it’s terrible- can’t we just make the average higher?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @DickSpudCouchPotatoDetective:

    WTF is the matter with them?

    Adopting pluralistic views of religious belief are one thing when they’re chiefly about Miracle Whip vs. mayonnaise. But these are skeery furreners!

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Warren Terra:

    Obama used to teach Con Law, and he hasn’t forgotten that the First Amendment guarantees both freedom of religion and freedom from religious tyranny.

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    Beauzeaux says:

    I think I see a penis.

  13. 13
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @trueblood: This one goes to eleven.

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    Violet says:

    Awesome. Love that OBL statue is pissing all over the WTC statue. Very nice touch.

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    Chris G. says:

    @Warren Terra: George W. Bush tended to mention atheists when he talked about religious freedom — usually phrased as “Americans are free to practice any faith they choose, or none at all” or something similar.

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    AxelFoley says:

    @Chris G.:

    @Warren Terra: George W. Bush tended to mention atheists when he talked about religious freedom—usually phrased as “Americans are free to practice any faith they choose, or none at all” or something similar.

    OMG, Obama is just like Bush!!!!

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    @Warren Terra: You’re absolutely right and some of us have noticed. I’m fairly active on an atheist board/community and people there are pretty happy with him.

    Other than Obama’s grounding in Constitutional law and that he just seems to actually believe in respect for all groups, I think there may be some actual political reasons behind it. There’s a fairly large upswing in atheism among younger people, esp. between 20-30 and that’s one of Obama’s core demographics where he won by quite a margin.

    Another reason could be to emphasize how threatening increasingly militant religious intolerance can be to other parts of society. I think it could actually be a good way of dragging things back a little from how far out more than 30 years of pandering to the religious right have taken them.

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    @DickSpudCouchPotatoDetective:

    I agree. The prez made me proud.

    There will probably be a bunch of chatter about this speech going against the opinion of a large portion of the people of the US. But THAT IS WHAT LEADERSHIP IS.

    Leadership, among other things, is having the guts to show people the right way to do even when they don’t want to do it that way.

    Obama akbar!

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    AxelFoley says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Obama akbar!

    I just fell in love with you.

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    Quiddity says:

    Those palm trees will never survive the winter. Also, the statue of Bin Laden is on the scale of the Bamiyan Buddas that were blown up by the Taliban. I do not want the Taliban coming to this country to destroy an homage to Osama.

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    m says:

    @chris g, Bush II also said atheists shouldn’t be considered citizens.

    @kirin, I didn’t know about the pool, but now I’m convinced of their good intentions, because nothing says tolerance, community and all that good stuff than building a new swimming pool.

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    gnomedad says:

    Reality show idea: release a winger at Ground Zero; he has two hours to find the “mosque”.

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    gnomedad says:

    @Chris G.:

    George W. Bush tended to mention atheists when he talked about religious freedom—usually phrased as “Americans are free to practice any faith they choose, or none at all” or something similar.

    I remember Tony Blair using this phrase, but never W. If you have a citation, I’d like to see it.

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    ecochica says:

    @DickSpudCouchPotatoDetective: The collective forget has appeared over and over again in the last 10 years…folks don’t seem to remember jack s**t.

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    ecochica says:

    @DickSpudCouchPotatoDetective: The collective forget has appeared over and over again in the last 10 years…folks don’t seem to remember jack s**t.

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