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Profiles in Cowardice: Harry Reid Calls on Muslims to Worship Somewhere Else

Over at TPM, David Kurtz reports that a spokesperson for the man who would like to be the Democratic leader of the United States Senate has issued a statement in which he courageously calls on Muslims not to build a worship center anywhere that he might find inconvenient for his election:

The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Sen. Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else.

Well, that clinches it for me. The Democrat’s Senate leader apparently believes religious freedom and tolerance are okay if they don’t interfere with his election, and he doesn’t seem to want to be a leader. Way to motivate the base, Harry.

If it were up to me, I’d suggest that the "hallowed grounds" everyone claims to be honoring be dedicated as a peace center open to worshipers of all religions and people who just think peace and tolerance are better ideas than endless religious wars. Build a mosque, a synagogue, a day-care center and whatever else you want inside it. Then if Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich didn’t want to go there, that would be fine.

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