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Saturday, July 31, 2010  

Shorter ADL

We reject bigoted reasons to exclude an Islamic center from lower Manhattan, but we embrace reasons springing from "strong passions and keen sensitivities," which are totally different. And our opposition to bigotry in general is not to be understood as an opposition to the agenda of bigots in this particular case. Talk to us next time.

posted by Benjamin Dueholm | 9:01 AM
"When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect. Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value." - George W. Bush
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