Monday, August 16, 2010

Congressman Rush Holt . . . "Let YOU Be Clear !"

08/14/2010 -- During prepared remarks, President Obama said the following this past Friday, August the 13th, at a Ramadan dinner that was held at the White House . . .
"But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."
Also present at that dinner were a mere three Members of Congress.

From the same L.A. Times story, linked above, they were identified as follows:
. . .

The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative (Indiana 7th)
The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative (Michigan 14th)
The Honorable Rush Holt, United States Representative (New Jersey 12th)
. . . .
(my emphasis added)

Following strong negative reactions that night and the following morning, the President apparently decided that he was NOT being clear.

He has since backtracked, per Politico:

"I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there."
Perhaps the best proof that he was indeed backtracking, was the fact that the next day, the White House press spokesman (Bill Burton) felt compelled to publicly deny that the President was in any way backtracking.

Obviously, someone must have thought he was! Otherwise, why would you publicly deny it?

Here was what Burton said in pertinent part:
"Just to be clear, the President is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night."
Burton went on to add that the President was merely speaking from a position of defending a "constitutional principle," and that he was not in any way passing judgment on the wisdom of a local project. So, as for the wisdom of the project, the President is back to voting "present."

Hey, here's a thought . . . maybe Congressman Rush Holt (in whose district I reside) can help to clear things up! As noted above, he was one of only three Members of Congress present at that dinner.

Perhaps he has an opinion of his own to offer on the wisdom of building the Mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero. Congressman?

Who knows . . . perhaps Rush Holt can also help clear up what the President meant when he said what he said on Friday night.

And, perhaps he could also add a comment on why he hasn't said a single word about it since Friday night, even though he was present at that White House dinner. As one of the special insiders in attendance, no doubt he heard all the chit-chat!

Rush Holt . . . "Let YOU Be Clear . . ."

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At 2:54 PM, August 17, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that so called progressives stumble over themselves in aid of backward, medieval religions?

At 6:37 PM, October 03, 2010, Blogger k6whp said...


This is an old post, so I hope I am reaching you. I love your writing. Please stop by The War Planner more often to comment!

..and write more here!


At 5:37 PM, October 06, 2010, Blogger Trochilus said...

To The War Planner, who posted the comment just above . . . thanks for the compliment. I've been spending some time on a separate writing project and other interests. Alas, that has meant spending less time here. But I've got some new material to post, including some analysis on why I believe Congressman Rush Holt may be in some trouble.

But I have gotten around to a few new places, such as your fine blog!

At 6:36 PM, October 22, 2010, Anonymous Norwegian Shooter said...

It took a few seconds to find this:

"I regret that some politicians are using this for partisan political purposes and as an opportunity to divide Americans," said the congressman. "We must not give religious intolerance any foothold in our public sphere. Nor should government start to choose one religion over another. I would expect those who value the Constitution to understand that basic point.

"The decision to build a specific building in New York City is a local decision about which I have no input," Holt added. "The decision must be based on local ordinances of building and land use. The decision must not be based on whether it is a religious institution - that would be unconstitutional and un-American. I want to see scattered throughout our towns, cities, and countryside places of worship, and I hope that, among all the other places of worship, there is in the area of downtown Manhattan an institution of faith dedicated to Muslim and non-Muslim understanding. However, as someone who has worked closely with the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11, I strongly condemn that anyone would use the pain of these families for partisan political purposes or to promote religious intolerance."

At 10:26 PM, October 23, 2010, Blogger Mark Erickson said...

Oh, and I replied to you at Legal Insurrection, but the professor didn't post it.


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