• Yours truly from Illinois

    You are the only canidate that will fix this mess were in. I pray and hope you become our leader. A man of men. The truth is the truth no matter what mainstream is putting out there America will see your courage integrity and love for this country. WE NEED YOU MR.PAUL YOUR AMERICAS ONLY HOPE but please when in office no flip flopping like we see from you know who!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU AND RON PAUL FOR 2012. You know telling the truth today requires real courage (which is sad when you think about it) but lies and spin take us nowhere. I listened to you twice and I knew you were honest and serious about fixing America. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!! RON PAUL 2012. Who was saying that the lobbyists that run this country should not belong in government and does nothing about it???? GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE!!!! SIMPLE AS THAT!!!!

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  • Tony

    Grow up America. 9/11 was most likely an inside job. I mean think about it. Really think about it.

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    • fred the protectionist

      Yeah think about it. reaaaally think about it.

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    • isaac

      I think it’s more likely that both the perpetrators of the 9.11 attacks and the leaders of the US Government at the time are both puppets of the same master.

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      • fred the protectionist

        Jeeeeewwwss. They control everything.

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        • Tony

          I think it’s the oil. And who wants oil? people who sell oil. Now think again. Neo-conservatives (made up of oil men), military industrial complex contracts – whose companies happen to also own the networks. This was a conspiracy of the wealthy to even more wealthy and take some natural resources from those who would not let us have it. It’s very plain to see it you grow up. Bullies kill for profit. These are multi-national companies. They respect no borders and have no commitment to nationalism. They are corporations who sole existence is profit and nothing will stop them especially not mere lives of mortals which are expendable and replaceable.

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  • Evident

    The message about demagoguery is spot-on; this entire “issue” is being used as a distraction at a time when this country’s involved in two full-size overseas wars (in addition to countless other deployments, and despite the media parroting the line that our “combat troops” are out of iraq, the disingenuous pricks), has a massively failing infrastructure (to take NYC, the fire on the Long Island Rail Road, one of the most used commuter rails in the country, was caused because it still uses equipment from 1913), and has a citizenry which seems content to let it all burn while we stroke our dicks.

    Mosque near ground zero: the political equivalent to the Jersey Shore. Kudos to Ron Paul for speaking up about it – the time we spend explicitly talking about political issues should be spent on the important debates, not on concocted issues meant to distract us in those precious few moments we lift our heads away from the idiot box and the super sized mcdonald’s value meal.

    More importantly though, doesn’t anyone realize how enormous two blocks is? In my fairly large city, if I walk two blocks north I feel perfectly safe, if I walk two blocks south I watch my back everywhere I go. In a city like New York, probably the densest city in the world, you could probably live an entire life in those two blocks.

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  • LiberalInTheHeartland

    To: HeartlandLiberal

    You expressed exactily what I wanted to say. Thank you. Most evidence to the contrary, you are not alone in the Heartland!

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  • Bill Berry

    My only regret is Ron Paul should have spoken sooner and like Joe Scarborough (MSNBC’s Morning Joe) who spoke very eloquent about this issue Monday morning; they’re both right. Daisy Khan was on This Week with Christiane Amanpour talking about this is no longer Islamophobia; but hate and for Christ’s sake this is America and if not us; whom should adhere and esteem to our Constitution, Article 6? Name me one other country that accepts all faiths; Saudia Arabia and their stance with the Jewish people? What’s happening around the country…this isn’t us!

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  • Apophis

    America is tired of Zionist propaganda .Mr. Paul,you should form a new party with Mr. Kucinich

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    • Russ

      If we only allow freedom for those with the support of popular opinion then this country is not worth defending, and it is certainly not the “Land of the Free”!

      Forget about Muslim majority, we already have a 2/3rds majority of cowards. Home of the brave? Where are these brave people exactly? Overseas saving Muslims from their oppressive governments? Oh, ok. That makes sense. Then we what… ship em all back where they came from?

      People died for a free America and yet Amercians, not Muslims, are ready to restrict freedom because they are scared. Scared of homosexuals, scared of Muslims, scared of change, scared of anybody different. “Home of the Irrational” seems a better fit.

      We took this country from the American Indians, locked up the Japanese Americans, hung the African Americans, oppressed the women, and now we are worried about Muslims Americans??!!

      It would seem 2/3 of this country is made up of complete idiots who are incapable of learning from the past. Quite frankly, I think they are the group to worry about the most.

      Thankfully there is a Constitution to keep the idiocy in check.

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  • Thomas Guilbeau

    I am one of the few liberal Democrats in Lafayette La. but I agree 100% with Ron Paul on the mosque issue. He does us all a service to speak out so courageously for the truth when both parties are pandering for votes.

    I hope Dr. Paul is on the ballard in 2012 because if the Afganistan war is still on I will consider voting for him.

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    • fred the protectionist

      Anger, bitterness, social discord is the goal of Anarchists like Ron Paul.

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  • Robert

    As always Dr.Paul is right!! I am correcting my opinion regarding the ‘Mosque’ as I realize how shortsighted my former view really was!! We must be alert to political demagoguery whether from the right or left. I am humbled to say the least!!!

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  • Chris

    Great article. Just saw Mr. Paul on CNN and loved hearing him connect the dots of this issue, foreign policy, and war.

    I’m left of center, but I’d like to have another few hundred Ron Pauls in Congress asking the real questions. Good job.

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  • Darrick Ensey

    PLEASE obliterate all other “conservative” candidates and give me a reason to vote Republican in 2012. I, and most of my friends believe you are the guy for the job!

    Your stance on the Constitution is amazing, because it is simply accurate. Rights are pitted against opinion polls for a reason, and thankfully you have a powerful voice who can relay that message to many of your followers.

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  • Maani

    I don’t always agree with Ron Paul, but boy is he right this time! Let me add some more truth:

    -Before and since 9/11, there has been an active mosque only four blocks from Ground Zero, yet no one ever expressed any opposition to it. As well, the congregation of the imam behind the project outgrew its storefront mosque near Canal Street some time ago, and has been using a portion of the Park Place building ever since. Yet no one expressed any opposition to that either.

    -Only a fraction of the project will be prayer or worship space; the vast majority of the 13-story building will be taken up by an auditorium, a gymnasium, a pool, offices, exhibition spaces, and the like. The Board of Directors will be comprised of Muslims, Christians and Jews. And programming will include multi-cultural and multi-religious courses and exhibitions. It will essentially be the Islamic equivalent of the Jewish Community Center or 92nd Street Y, except that a small portion of the space will be set aside for prayer.

    -There will be no domes, minarets, or other obvious Islamic architectural elements. The building will look like a fairly plain office building. Thus, most people visiting the official memorial and new buildings will not even know it is there.

    -The broad-brush claim that Muslims build mosques to mark triumphs is not historically accurate. Although it is true that in some cases conquering Muslims did build mosques, this should not be surprising. In fact, the Old Testament is replete with cases where the Israelites built temples shortly after they conquered an area. And the Christians did similarly during the Crusades. In all cases, this was far more a practical matter than any sense of triumphalism. With specific respect to the name of the project developer, the Cordoba mosque was actually a nearly-completed church that was simply converted into a mosque: it was not “built” by the conquering Muslims.

    -Even if we accept that Ground Zero is somehow “sacred ground,” the proposed project is not on Ground Zero, so it is not “desecrating” it. In fact, the new complex actually being built AT Ground Zero is expected to have a commercial element likely to include such things as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Duane Reade, and other stores. I would suggest that selling Big Macs and chai lattes on “sacred ground” is a far greater desecration than a nearly invisible Islamic center two blocks away.

    -Most of those opposed to the project consider themselves patriots, and ostensibly support the Constitution – and the troops who fought and died (and continue to do so) to defend and protect that Constitution and the freedoms it provides. Yet many of these same people are all too willing to ignore the Constitution – in this case its provision supporting “the free exercise” of religion – when it is inconvenient. Some counter by saying that although Muslims may have a right to build the project, they should not do so out of “respect” for those who died. One pundit responded to this by saying, “In other words, freedom of religion…should be exercised only if first ratified by a ‘popularity contest.'”

    -Many Muslims died on 9/11, including in the planes (other than the hijackers), in the twin towers, at the Pentagon, and at Shanksville. And many Muslim first responders (police officers, firefighters, etc.) responded to the attacks – some losing their lives when the twin towers collapsed. And the vast majority of the world’s one billion Muslims practice their faith privately and quietly: they do not engage in or support violence, and they repudiate the acts of those extremists who participated in the attacks.

    In these regards, those opposed to the project are defining an entire religion by the acts of a few. And that is about as un-American as anything I can think of.

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  • Mike

    Dr Paul: As I conservative I salute you for standing up for what is right.
    This country needs more people like you.

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    • fred the protectionist

      You’re not a Conservative, and Libertarians are Liberals.

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      • neoconsarefinished

        fred that is insane.
        Libertarians are not Liberals. Liberals are more rational.
        Use your brain man.

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        • Isaac

          …. “libertarian” and “liberal” have very similar etymology and prior to modern liberals calling themselves liberals, “liberal” referred to people who would now be called “libertarians” and people who where then referred to as “libertarians” would now be called “anarchist”.

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        • fred the protectionist

          Liberal means: Change, with a touch of leftism, radical.

          Conservative means: Resistant to Change.

          Libertarians are as radical and different as you get. Legalize drugs, prostitution, etc? Abolish American currency, go on Gold Standard? Gee wiz, that’s allot of change there.

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        • fred the protectionist

          “…. “libertarian” and “liberal” have very similar etymology and prior to modern liberals calling themselves liberals, “liberal” referred to people who would now be called “libertarians” and people who where then referred to as “libertarians” would now be called “anarchist”.”

          Liberty is a weasel word when used by Libertarians.

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      • jim

        Do you realize whatever you call yourself, you’re tone is very indicative of who you are??? But keep talking to yourself. It’s amusing. It always has been.

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  • Don

    Dr. Paul,

    I disappointed that you have expounded in favor of the so called Ground Zero Mosque, more accurately described as the Cordoba House Islamic Cultural Center, without having a clear understanding of the historical significance behind the plan to build the mosque or the true tenets of the Islam. The Cordoba mosque in Spain was built to signify Islam having conquered Spain. This mosque will serve to signify Islam’s intention to take over the U.S. and place us under Sharia Law. As improbable as that may sound now, the plan to do so has been expressed repeatedly by Islamic organizations such as CAIR. Just take a look a London now, where Sharia Law is allowed to apply to the Muslim community. The same thing in Canada. There are apologist in the U.S. who seem to think honor killings are OK because it’s a cultural matter.

    Freedom of religion is one thing, but a religion whose primary tenet is to convert the whole world to Islam by persuasion when possible, and by force if not, hardly deserves to be placed on the same footing as all other major religions of the world. No other modern day religion chooses to gain converts by force, but instead they all choose reason and free choice. No other religion sanctions honor killings; or promotes the killing of innocents to further its goals. No other religion sanctions lies in order to hide its true objectives.

    Should they be allowed to build the mosque close to Ground Zero? Absolutely not! The symbolism strongly argues against it.

    In a brief response to “Albie’s” comments, our Constitution is becoming less and less recognizable every day. Incrementalism is how it gets changed. We see it every day. Most of what the federal government does today is based upon the concept of a living constitution that is interpreted to meet political goals. Added to that, some of our Supreme Court Justices refer to international law as having some application here in the U.S. Some legislators are promoting the UN laws regarding the rights of minors. How indeed!

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    • Albie

      Again we see the same talking points, Cordoba, Spain, conquest, Sharia Law, US take over. This is fear-mongering. The Muslim population is the US is less than 1%. So the 99% of us who aren’t just sit here and take it? You are aware that there are Mosques all over the US, right? Is Park51, with its praying room, the 100th and that is the magic # of Mosques that the US needs to be subjugated to Sharia Law? Does it increase the # of people in the US, Muslim or otherwise? Cordoba, Spain was under Islamic rule in the 10th Century! It was also conquered by the Romans earlier than that! I guess we should be on the lookout for any Roman descendants if they use Cordoba in the name.

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  • dennycrane

    Now I remember where I seen ron:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3z5HpEvJ71uihZzpGTP4dw

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  • Gerry Claytor

    Is it any wonder only the nut jobs listen to Ron Paul? Is it any wonder Libertarians can’t be taken seriously? This isn’t even the most ridiculous stance Ron Paul has taken. Is it? Vote me down nut jobs

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  • Paul LaClair

    Mr. Paul, I am a liberal Democrat and a proud Obama supporter who rarely agrees with your political views because I don’t think you understand the demands of the 21st century vis-a-vis the need for government. But in this essay you have hit nearly every nail squarely on the head. Congratulations and thank you for words that will live in the proud history of our democratic traditions.

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  • Michael Rey

    Thank you sir for your honor and integrity to staying with truth and honesty vs. what is politically expedient.

    We are in two long wars with the worst economic downturn in two generations, and an equally pathetic response to it and the bigots are turning the use of a dis-used Burlington Coat Factory into the primary issue. There is also a strip club two blocks up from WTC. But to the bigots, thats not an insult to the memories but a community center open to all New Yorkers (like the YMCA) becomes a healing factor.

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  • Donald Di Dia

    Dr. Paul: As a 72 year old Democrat, I am in complete agreement with your position on this Mosque issue. I agree with you also on the neo-con need for war and I also want us out of Iraq and Afganastan. I think we agree on cutting the deficit, in part by letting the Bush tax cuts expire as they must, having been passed using the reconciliation option. As I understand it, the option required the cuts be paid for. I understand that you , like me want the defense budget cut , especially it’s wasteful pork.
    I would like to see you along with progressives like myself form a working group or caucus of both houses, and start on some of thes issues.
    I have a feeling we could reach a reasonable position on orher issues.

    PS. watch the contortions of Mr Boener’s face and and on Sen. Mc Connal’s face when asked about the tax cuts having to be paid for.

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  • Del

    In general principle, I agree with Mr. Paul. I feel that the Muslim center is constitutionally sound. Yes I am a fan of property rights… amongst the others that seem to get trounced. However, I also feel (under the first amendment) that to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or to offer a prayer for them is constitutionally sound (and a charitable ideal, as well).

    Now, I recognize the rights of this Muslim group attempting to build this center, but in the interest of easing the tension, is it so much to ask to distance the building from ground zero?

    This also brings up the fact that the more radical factions of Islam do build mosques on the site of a “victory”. I am not saying that it is one of those factions behind it, but the stand being taken can definitely be interpreted that way.

    I do realize that it is fanatics that acted out 9/11, and I also understand that the vast majority of Muslim followers are peace loving people. I also have another consideration though…. “Just because you have the right to do something, should you really do it?”

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    • Jeff

      I’d hate to be rude, but I will be rude, anyway. That’s how this reads. “I’m for this and that, just not for you.” You either are for something or you’re not. Otherwise, you’re just an opportunist that will cite something for common ground but choose whatever is the convenient position, like a Politician.

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  • Jennifer

    While I tend to disagree with Ron Paul on many issues, I think he was exactly correct on this. The neocons have already decided that the only good Muslim is either dead or thousands of miles away from the US. They see no middle ground, don’t believe in being moderate – either with religion or politics – and, IMO, do nothing more than divide & harm our country.

    This mosque – which is much more, because a theater, cultural center & recreational facilities will be the majority of the project – is blocks away from Ground Zero, the building has been owned by the congregation for years, & they’ve been meeting there for a long time. Suddenly, it’s a big deal. Hmmm, couldn’t have anything to do with the approaching mid-term elections now, could it? Nawwww, couldn’t be that….

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  • T Gaski

    Are you a “SUNSHINE PATRIOT”? If so, leave the rest of us real patriots who tirelessly support the Constitution alone (even if we some times disagree)!

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    • Lisa

      lol @ “Sunshine Patriot”, Dr. Paul pulled a Thomas Paine straight out of 1776:

      “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

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  • James Earl Murdoch

    THis is NOT about Religious Freedom, this is about political Islamic conquest. Even moderate Muslim leaders say this should NOT be built because it will help the radicals think that their terror is on the road to ultimate victory.

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  • William O. B’Livion

    You’re a good Dhimmi there Rep. Paul. I hope they pay you well.

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  • Gerry Claytor

    Apparently Ron Paul is OK with Muslims receiving preferential treatment over other faiths. A Greek Orthodox church at Ground Zero was destroyed on 9/11. These people have not been allowed to rebuild while the Muslim construction has been fast tracked. Will Ron Paul come to New York and kiss Muslim ass? Seems like he’s up for it.

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  • http://Www.jimcarrillo.com Jim Carrillo

    Amen.

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  • Tony

    I agree that islamophobia is ridiculous and a distraction. However, Mr. Paul sidesteps the issue of 911 being a CIA/Mossad operation. Until we expose who was behind 911 there will be no end to this blaming of Muslims for an Israeli/American black op.

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    • http://fb.com Albie

      Please remember to take your pills. They help you think, clearly, before you write/speak and help you look good unlike this stuff you just posted about CIA/Mossad.

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      • http://fb.com albie

        I take issue with the notion that the CIA/Mossad was behind 9/11. What do we or Israel gain from that?

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  • BrotherJ

    It’s fairly obvious that albie and others have no idea what Sharia Law is about.
    It is not the “Ten Commandments”. It is the “Islamic Constitution” shrouded
    by religion. Within Sharia is the right of husbands to beat or in some cases kill their wives and or children for violating certain laws with in the Islamic community.
    To have a federal judge legitimize Sharia Law is asking for trouble.
    It weakens the US Constitution by accepting and a second set of a laws as equal to the U.S. Constitution.
    What prevents a Muslim community from setting up and enforcing Sharia Law on non Muslims living within the same community?
    You laugh and think that it can not happen here. Take a look at France, England and elsewhere where Sharia Law has been allowed. The areas have
    become so dangerous that local police will not go into these communities to enforce local or national laws. When they do, riots break out.

    Secondly, Muslims are called to prayer several times a day. Large numbers of Mosques built in the US come complete with loud speakers that blast their prayers out on a daily basis for all to hear (whether you want to or not).

    Last of all, I have also had it with hearing the word ******phobia just because people disagree and rightfully question the wisdom of our so called
    ruling class. A right to peacefully protest and question activities that legal citizens see as dangerous are protected by the US Constitution. Oddly you have a class of individuals out there whose job it is to protect it citizens that try stifle that freedom by using the ****phobia as a weapon, (ie..Islamaphobia).
    Quite frankly, I’m so sick of it that any political candidate or incumbent that uses it whether be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent has lost respect. my support and my vote.

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    • chitownsfinest

      Can you find me where in sharia law it is ok to kill your wife/ children? And when did france, gb and any western nation establish shariah law

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    • http://fb.com albie

      Again, you and your ilk go on ranting about Sharia Law without addressing the issue: how does it, step-by-step, take over America? Your lack of understanding about the, the Constitution, American culture is enormous. The Constitution is our foundation of law, period. There’s no alternate body or side by side, whatever you want to call it. In the end, all regulations, laws, etc. generated by Congress, State, and Local entities cannot violate the Constitution. If so, they will be struck down by the Supreme Court. What we have is so special because it can’t be tampered with so easily, and it does not place absolute power into a single set of hands to unleash tyranny.

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    • Mike Rey

      Have you ever read the Sharia Law (translated) or is the scope of your understanding based on what you listen to Palin/Rush? Don’t act like an american equivalent of a Taliban by spreading lies about something you know nothing about. This is what the Taliban do in Afghanistan about infidels. You are no different.

      I have lived in towns with mosques. I have yet to see any use of loudspeakers in the US.

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  • chitownsfinest

    I supported the mosque but have come around to the notion that it should not be built, not because its offensive but because it is now a security risk for Muslims at the center and those around the country. Also I believe that the image of Muslims will be tarnished even more. Living in this great country , I have seen people change a lot since the days that I was a kid. I feel that now I am an outcast in this society and its really sad. It’s amazing the amount of false information that is allowed to air in the media. From anti-Muslims such as Pamela Gellar to Robert Spencer, it seems that anyone can make a blatant lie on Islam and get away with it. The notion that mosque’s around the country/world are terrorist havens is a lie. i have never met any terrorist at any mosque in any country that I have visited . Most talks in mosques around the country have focused on how we as Muslims should live with our non -Muslim brothers and sisters. Its sad that everyone sees this false image of Islam and not the real thing

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  • Hal Keenan

    The only problem I have with this is that it never has been determined that the Twin Towers were brought down by 19 Islamic extremist suicide bombers working for an old man with bad kidneys who lived in a cave. That sounds like a crackpot conspiracy theory to me. The Bush administration blocked any serious investigation and destroyed evidence. That nuch we do know.

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  • Mona

    Thank you for providing some shining light of sanity from the right. As a moderate conservative, I no longer find a home with the present GOP or conservative movement. It has moved to a dark place where anything goes in the desperate quest for power. This ugly distraction just before the election has nothing to do with heart felt feelings for those who suffered a loss in 9/11. If there was such concern the Republicans would not have obstructed legislation to provide health care for the first responders. It is so obvious supporters and 9/11 families are merely being manipulated and exploited by the GOP position on this issue. It is also sad that the Imam involved who is a moderate that traveled on behalf of the Bush Administration to bring our cultures together is being trashed by the lowest common denominator amongst us.

    It takes courage and clarity of thought to speak out in this at this time and I thank Ron Paul for doing so.

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  • Morgaine Bergman

    I think it is very sad, and quite frightening, how easily people’s opinions are manipulated by the media. Of course a majority of people oppose the Mosque! Someone told them they were supposed to be offended, so now they are offended. Because Islam is not like other mainstream Western religions. When they spill blood it’s just out of meanness. We do it in the name of the Profit. Would there be an outcry if a Christian church wanted to build on the site? Or a Jewish synagogue? No, of course not. Because despite the blood on our hands, “we” are the good guys, right?

    We’re not exploiting cheap labour in other countries, we’re bringing freedom to oppressed peoples! We’re not stealing their resources, we’re demonstrating how best to use them by using them here at home! We’re not sending our sons and daughters to die so that a handful of people can get rich, we’re fighting for the highest ideals, like…. Like… (What were those ideals again? Quick! Somebody turn on Fox!)

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  • Jeanne

    Ron Paul is an American hero! Why? Because he is one of the very few who is willing to “call out” the neoconservatives who for many years plotted and pushed for war with Iraq. Now they want war with Iran. Why? To protect Israel. Anyone doubting this fact should read, THE ISRAEL LOBBY by Mearsheimer and Walt or THE TRANSPARENT CABAL by Stephen Sniegoski.
    Few “call out” the Israel Lobby for fear of being charged with anti Semitism and their careers ruined. Thank you Ron Paul for saying what few others will say. You are a real American hero.

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