911 responses to “Ron Paul to Sunshine Patriots: Stop Your Demagogy About The NYC Mosque!”

  1. Ronald Eldridge Sr

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  2. John LeVangie

    The issue of this mosque is, and has already been, decided. It is simply a matter for the people of the City of New York. If those folks who opposed this mosque in hearings are unhappy with, or think a legal error was made in determining this issue, the solution is simple - the party or parties on the losing side should take it to an appeal. All the demonstrating in the street does not change a thing. Simply follow the legal process.

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  3. I can't believe it!

    Dr. Paul, as a "progressive" it really surprises me that I agree with you on 95% of the issues. Prehaps it's time that we hang antiquated monikers by the wayside and just do one simple thing: be Americans and uphold fundamental Constitutional rights, freedoms, and ideals.

    Thank you for being a great American, a true hero in fact, who does and believes in what is Constitutionally correct.

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  4. Ty

    Amen.

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  5. albie

    What is it w/ every person who disagrees w/ this bringing up Sharia Law? It baffles me that we are so great a nation, with such strong Constitution, rule of law, checks and balance, etc. and yet here we are cowering in fear that the construction of a center, with room for prayer, will somehow unleash SL and take over America? No seems to explain how we get from one site to American being ruled by Sharia law? How? How does it change our Constitution? How does it erase case law? How does it replace Federal/State law? How? Does the building emanate some light that will shine down and make us all forget about our own laws and traditions and simply take up Sharia Law?
    Dr. Paul's article rightfully gets to the core of the matter here: demagoguery. And yet there is no shortage of commentators here who lack the ability to reason.

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  6. james ladrigan

    Dr. Paul,

    I am not a fan of libertarianism, but your statement today, decrying the hate from the Conservatives, deserves appreciation, admiration and respect.

    The Constitution is not a buffet that you can pick and choose from.

    Either you support the Constitutions and the rights and freedoms it lays out or you DON'T.

    There must have been some VERY strong reason that the founding father's made the 1st ammendment about freedom of speech and religion.

    Congratulations on your proud stance in support of the U. S. Constitution.

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  7. chris

    I'm not a Republican or a Conservative, but I applaud you for having the integrity to stand up for the Constitution. I'm allowed to admit it, right?

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  9. Maddie

    And this is the difference between a conservative and a libertarian. Libertarians actually believe in liberty. Conservatives believe in holding power and doling out as little liberty as they can get away with.

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  10. Michael

    Dr. Paul,

    I may not agree with you on every issue, however, I became a fan when you came out against the war. Now, with your principled stance on the outrage against the community center - you have become my hero.

    I admire your courage to say the right thing in the name of freedom. If only more politicians thought like you.....

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  11. Smith Powell

    Thank you for your comments. I hope you are able to steer the discussion so that our better natures and history take place over fear mongering for cheap and ephemeral political gain. And, of course, we have been distracted from other issues.

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  12. Kevin Killiany

    Thank you, sir.

    This completely artificial "outrage" over the Islamic community center several blocks from the WTC site is nothing other than coldblooded opportunists manipulating Americans for political gain. On the one hand they are amplifying the common citizen's fear of the unknown. On the other they are feeding the jingoism of racists who believe that the only Americans -- the only people -- are whites who think as they do.

    Like the majority of Americans, I take it as a self-evident given that manufactured fear is the foundation of the Republican Party, just as misinformation their principal tool. To have you, a conservative, actually speak out on the side of justice and honesty is heartening.

    Thank you and may God bless you.

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  13. bingoman

    Ron, you're right on target. Nice job.

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  14. Kenaid

    This manufactured controversy makes us look ridiculous, and the protesters provide yet more fuel to the propaganda machines of those who DO wish us harm.

    Without the ramped up frenzy of fear and hate, the war just may have a chance to end. Then what will the Military Industrial Complex do?

    We, as a country, are better than what we see on the news. Thank you, Congressman Paul, for your concise and eloquent assessment.

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  15. Phil E. Drifter

    andy g, you are a dipsh!t.

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  16. SR Luttrell

    1) What other religion preaches "death to Israel?"
    2) Sharia law takes prescedence over local law; look at England.
    3) Nobody's dismissing the right to build; that's a disengenuous argument and specious, too.
    4) No one's talking about "running the Muslims out of town."
    5) This is NOT just a "New York issue" but an AMERICAN one! Whether or not you agree that the wars in the Middle East are Constitutional or legal, our men and women have been fighting there in answer to 9/11, my son among them. That makes it personal to me on so many levels!
    6) There are no Muslims in that area of Manhattan that require such a humonguous edifice; there are plenty of mosques ALREADY in town.
    7) You said, "What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City?" What a ridiculous rhetorical question! NO one is saying, "No more mosques in NYC!" And, why change the number from 64% to 75%? To make a better point? Not happening.
    8) The investigation into who is funding this mosque is justifiable. If the funding of this mosque is proven to be generated by those who fund terrorism, IT SHOULD NOT BE BUILT! What's NOT right is an investigation into who's funding the opposition to the building of the Ground Zero Mosque.
    9) Your "small number" of radical angry Islamists who want to kill us is actually closer to 60 million around the world.

    Sorry, Ron. Lead balloon time.

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  17. John Henry

    Ron Paul, all members of congress and all the rest of us in America are going to have to educate ourselves quickly to the nature of Islam.

    What we need to get a firm grip on is that Islam is not just a new religion in America. It is a form of governance. Muhammad preached his new revelation in Medina and raised an army. He took Mecca by threat of force and rebuilt and proclaimed the Kaaba to be a structure holy to his religion. Within his lifetime he took control of most of Arabia and within a few years of his death his successors took Jerusalem from Byzantine Roman control and built a mosque on the site of Solomon’s temple. At the centennial of his death, his governing legacy stretched from Iberia to the Bay of Bengal. In Iberia, conquering muslims built a mosque on the foundation of a church. Conquered peoples who did not convert to Islam were stripped of freedom and dignity that all Americans would be as horrified of as we are at Talibani excesses today. Europe would be constantly on guard against Muslim aggression until it lost its Christian faith, dropped that guard in the late twentieth century, and invited Islam in. America is following suit.

    Islam is more of a governing system with an enabling religion attached than a religion with a preference for Sharia law. Sharia law strains on a foundation of Muhammad's judgments based on his book, the Qu'ran. With a cult following who believed in the divine origin of the Qu'ran, and who believed him to be a Prophet, he wielded the absolute power that his successors, the Caliphs would use to spread and govern an empire. Muslim communities insist on following Sharia. It is inseparable from Islam. The entire system is absolutist. It abides no competition where it gains control. Witness any Islamic country today.

    The government of Saudi Arabia is an adaptation of the system. The royal family has control of their kingdom and enjoys a life style that is unknown outside other Islamic states. The Al Sabah family are the rulers and citizenry of Kuwait. In all cases non-family are the hired help. That is the picture of the Caliphate to come. A ruling elite connected by blood ruling everyone else. In such a government there is no freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of economic opportunity or pursuit of happiness. Justice is derived from Sharia law which derives from the Koran. So much for separation of church and state.

    We are experiencing an invasion of this government with an enabling religion attached and almost everyone says mindlessly that we have to because we have freedom of religion and separation of church and state. People, please read our constitution! We have been told it says something it does not say. Our first amendment opens with the clause, "Congress shall make no law affecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." That statement is the first of many making up our Bill of Rights that define the limits on CENTRAL government. It is not a blanket license to practice every conceivable ritual or political ideology in the name of “religious freedom.” It prevents Congress from legislating any law affecting an establishment of religion. It does not say anything about such regulation within sovereign states. The tenth amendment redundantly and powerfully restrains the authority of Congress to the limits established in Article II section 8. The states and the people retain the right to determine what sort of communities they choose to live in. Listen to the voice of the citizenry. It is, after all the purpose of our constitution that we enjoy Justice, domestic tranquility, defense against threats from within and without, cooperation in a plan to promote the general Welfare, and the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. It is insane to introduce any alien political\religions system with a thirteen century history of enmity toward all other cultures and religions into our own nation.

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  18. stephen carter

    Voted for Ron Paul in 2008. Hope to vote for him in 2012. His son Rand Paul just doesn't get it. It's called liberty.

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  19. bruce yocum

    Sir. Over the past 30 years i have felt myself compelled to vote Democrat as i personally felt that the Republican was moving too far to the right on social issues. I was raised in a solidly Republican home (i must admit that i started quite a few political arguements with my father just to get him going). I must say that my faith has been restored after reading your statement on the NYC mosque. Yours' is a voice that we need to hear more of - from both sides. Personnally, i fear that what we are seeing now within the Republican party is a complete implosion. Will i ever be able to feel comfortable voting for a Republican again in my lifetime? God bless you.

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  20. Kevin P, Miller

    Ron Paul shows—once again—that he is a man of integrity as he rails against GOP politicians for their anti-Muslim rhetoric. There is truly no politician on the planet like him. . .because in truth, he is NOT a politician at all.

    At the turn of the 20th century, Irish Catholics were distrusted, disliked, beaten, murdered and discriminated against because the populace thought that they took their "marching orders" from the Pope.

    We see how THAT worked out. THANK YOU Congressman for your light and wisdom—and your refusal to surrender the Constitution for political gain. What a class act. THNAK YOU for always putting the Nation FIRST.

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  21. Jane Boucher

    THANK YOU, Ron Paul for being the voice of Reason and the courage to say what you have, its so true. It took bravery for you to do this, and this kind of talk is what will heal our country, not hatred towards each other or wars. I shall remember and be grateful to you for speaking out. Jane

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  22. radii

    thank you for the clear and precise dismantling of the demagogues' arguments ... you revealed the anti-mosque crowd to be an emperor with no clothes

    ... and of course, the same cast of characters are at the center of this campaign: the israel-first traitor neocons

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  23. Gaius Baltar

    Prof. John Esposito of Georgetown U, a noted scholar of Islam, in a Washington Post chat said recently that “Bin Laden would think that Imam Feisal Rauf was a traitor for condemning the 9/11 attacks and all acts of terrorism and think he was an enemy to be killed” in response to a question about what bin Laden would think about the Cordoba House.

    So we have a group of proven Muslims moderates--proven, at least, to the satisfaction of both the Bush and Obama Administrations, as well as those Christian and Jewish religious leaders who have worked with them--who want to put up a mosque that would represent Islam denouncing and rejecting bin Laden.

    But bin Laden himself cannot stop the mosque. So who comes to his rescue? Lenin aptly named them "useful idiots." These useful idiots are doing bin Laden's dirty work for him. Do they realize this? Probably. Do they care? Obviously not.

    Useful idiots. Hate to say this, but Lenin was right.

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  24. Dory

    The founding principles of religious freedom, are we drawing a line specifically for Christianity? Or have we, as a nation, gone so far down the path of atheism that we no longer care or respect religion in general?

    At first I too was appalled to think a mosque would be constructed near the twin tower site. That was before I learned these people have already been in this location for the past two years. If it has been OK for them to pray at this location up until now, why should they not continue in a new facility at the same site?

    Dr Paul your commentary is right on target and I applaud your courage in speaking up in the face of this controversy.

    Naysayers, ask yourselves what will be next to be cast aside? And what if it is something near and dear to YOU, how would you react then?

    We should all cherish our rights instead of discarding them just to be "politically correct".

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  25. ambergris1851

    Ron Paul just earned a good deal of respect from me. Thank you for standing up for what is constitutional, first and foremost, and for standing up for what is fair. Many of the Republicans who are taking up the "mosque issue" are doing so only because they don't have coherent economic platforms to run on this November. Exploiting fear is the cheapest, vilest way to earn votes.

    Thank you again, sir.

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  27. Jon Mitchell

    Thank you Mr. Paul for being a voice for reason in the face of those who would rule others through emotion.

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  29. Lisa

    I love how Ron Paul calls out the bigots, demagogues and hypocrites on both sides of the aisle.

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    1. wake up

      Stan, you are a moron.

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  31. Anthony

    Very well said. I am proud to have voted for you Rep. Paul and I would do it again in a heartbeat in 2012!

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  32. william ridenour

    JC wrote:
    "if we force this community center to move it will mean that we let the terrorists change who we are and what we stand for."

    First, there is no means of "force,"---what is being ASKED is sensitivity and respect. But that is not why I'm responding to this quote.
    What I'm responding to is:
    "it will mean that we let the terrorists change who we are and what we stand for."
    Just who are we? I can't answer for everyone here, but I'm a Libertarian, but as I understand Libertarianism that does not mean I also have to be a fool. If it does I will cease to be a Libertarian, for I damned sure don't intend to be played a fool–––especially by a force any and all except the ideologically blind can see to be malevolent and dangerous to freedom.
    I've heard this over and over and it makes me nauseous. Such thinking in no way comports with reality or reason. It is truly mindless Libertarian Ideology---mindless, NOT principled.
    Consider:
    Those who have a mutual, MUTUAL commitment to Liberty and individual Freedom can sanely and safely treat and regard each other the same.
    However, it is not a contradiction, nor do we lose who we are, if we treat and regard those differently who hate liberty and whose only interest in liberty and freedom is the game the system, take it over and establish their draconian ideology and unique legal system. (FACT: The Imam who is pushing the Mosque is in favor of establishing Sharia here in America.)

    Consider this analogy:
    If I live in a community where certain standards of behavior are common, no one there says, "Let's make sure that we always do all we can to accommodate and treat robbers and thieves with the same standards of free movement and courtesy in our neighborhood that we share among one another---if we don't we might lose who we are."
    No sheep says "let's all remember to treat the wolves the just as we do each other, lest we cease being sheep."
    Madness. Treating the wolf the same is the surest way of ceasing to be a sheep--or to be at all.
    It's simple nonsense to claim we're obligated to treat those who want to steal our valuables with the same liberty and freedom of access as those who respect our valuables as we respect theirs.
    Has ideology made mindless idiots of us?!?

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    1. bill

      Asking for sensitivity and respect implies AMERICAN Muslims are culpable in the horrendous disaster that was 9/11. They simply aren't responsible! But that is where this hysteria is directed! What good can possibly come from this?

      We need to be embracing fellow Americans no matter what faith they profess, and stop this divide and conquer politics while Wall Street banks rob the country blind.

      The Taliban and Al Qaeda could not exist without someone bankrolling. Those who bank roll them should be the ones that are attacked for insensitivity.

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  33. Bill

    Bravo Ron Paul!

    No Iraqi or Afghan attacked the 9/11 towers. Yet we invaded two countries based on the premise they did.

    This isn't about protecting the sensitivities of those who had loved ones die in the Twin Towers, this is about perpetuating the myth that global war is necessary - and they want to expand it to a whole faith.

    There is far too much unexplained about the Twin Towers incident (especially building 7), and perhaps in time we will know the truth. How sad it would be to demonize whole populations of people based on nothing more than Neocon instigated hysteria? Deflection and misdirection is their stock in trade - the absence of WMDs in Iraq should have taught us that!

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  34. craig

    I believe Rep. Paul got this one wrong. It is quite obvious at this point that the Muslim community is either in support or in denial of the horrible things of 9/11. It is long overdue for Muslims EVERYWHERE to condemn the tragedy of 9/11 and all of the terror threatened and executed by the radicals in the Muslim community. Harboring and fostering criminals is a crime. In order for Muslims to be taken seriously they must present a united and vocal front against these radicals.

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    1. ProudTEX

      The Muslim are not in denial nor in support of the catastrophic event of 9/11 or any other event that took place and killed innocent people.
      I have never heard any Muslim in the media and which I interact with said otherwise.

      After the 9/11 I remember very vividly that CNN aired a video showing Arabs dancing in the street of Palatine. I was outraged just as you are outrage but latter we found that the video was recorded prior to 9/11 Palestinian celebrating their independence day.

      The only people who danced front of burning twin tower were Israelis citizen.
      Here is the videos of both Palestinian cerebrating Independence day prior to 9/11 and dancing Israelis on top of a van front of the twin tower in NYC.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3u3rMIs5hw&p=46D2E76051A7DC94&playnext=1&index=5

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVdAOmUduEQ

      Don't get to hyped-up by the Media. Boycott them as much as you can and do your own search and research and get smart.

      RON PAUL for 2012

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  35. Louis Stouch

    Mr. Paul - are you or are you not aware of the fact that islam builds mosques at the scene of their greatest triumphs and victories?

    There is a war going on in Europe right now, that you seemingly know nothing about. I strongly suggest that you read a new book titled "Islams Power, Europes New Reality".

    You might learn something, Mr. Chamberlain.

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    1. radii

      keep drinking the israel-first-traitor-neocon Kool-Aid you useful fool

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