My President.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 14, 2010
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“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.” ~ President Barack Obama

…reluctantly enters into the Park51 (9/11 “Mosque”) debate. It’s not a mosque, in any case, and it’s not at Ground Zero. But Palin, Giuliani (for shame), Gingrich and many, many others have lined up against the Freedom of Religion and separation of Church and State as outlined by our Founding Fathers in our First Amendment, no less. Guess all that talk about the sanctity of the Constitution is just inconvenient, now.

Mayor Bloomberg, on the other hand:

“…this proposed mosque and community center in lower Manhattan is as important a test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime, and I applaud President Obama’s clarion defense of the freedom of religion tonight,” Bloomberg said.

Via our Facebook Page: Where’s all the love and noise for when Obama behaves like the gutsy right-minded leader we voted for? Do we liberals sit on our hands unless it’s to criticize? Like this up! My kind of President, taking a deeply unpopular stand for fundamental American values! Let’s… make this huge! Celebrate!

Read more at NY Daily News. Or NY Times. Excerpt:

White House officials said earlier in the day that Mr. Obama was not trying to promote the project, but rather sought more broadly to make a statement about freedom of religion and American values. “In this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion,” Mr. Obama said at the Coast Guard station. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.

“And I think it’s very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.”

Read more for Gingrich’s comments comparing the Mosque to building a Nazi Church by a Holocaust Memorial. Gingrich is intelligent man. But he’s gone off the deep end, upping his rhetoric and dimming his insight—perhaps because he hopes to run for president in 2012.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | | | | | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


13 Responses to “My President.”

  1. Todd says:

    Except that now he's backtracking on his statements:… *sigh* :-/

  2. ontheissues says:

    I don’t believe that he was backtracking on any statements. His speech at the White House was merely comments focusing on the situations in relation to our frredom of religion. He only notes in an earlier statement that it may y not be wise to continue the project as a result of the neigh-sayers.

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  4. Kiwi Yogi says:

    Good comment. I had some reservations about it too until I heard a Muslim on the radio who was involved in the project. I realised that he was a regular ordinary American and that my view of Islam was too narrow. Why should a regular born-and-raised American be chased out of town because of the actions of a few terrorists from Saudi Arabia? That's not right. There's a lot of bigotry towards Islam and it reminds me of what happened to the Jews in Europe in the 1930s and 40s. Obama is right to stick to the constitution.

  5. YogiOne says:

    With regard to the building, it isn't really even a mosque, it is a community center. Second and most important, it isn't on the WTC site. It is two full blocks away, on the back side of the second block, facing away from the WTC site. You cannot see it at all from the WTC. This whole issue has been created by the side of hate and supported by the corporate media. There is no ground zero mosque.

  6. Kara N says:

    So I guess they still haven't given Texas to the Palestinians, then? Damn, that was a good idea.

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