Some people were actually surprised that Obama didn’t ask the Park51 group to show more sensitivity to the situation, but why? There’s nothing in Obama’s past that would indicate that he’ll ever to anything but back the Muslim point of view on any issue — or the radical point of view on any issue, for that matter.
As a reminder of why the mosque shock should be minimal, here’s a New York Times article from 2007:
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (itâ€™ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as â€œone of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.â€
I’m sure that hearing it while standing where the World Trade Centers once were will be very moving indeed.
And after the news of the past three days, in hindsight, the George Stephanopoulos interview where Obama said “my Muslim faith” and then Steffy kick-saved it for him doesn’t seem to be a simple slip-of-the-tongue anymore, does it?
And of course the absolutely endless praise for Islam over the years:
Couldn’t Obama have said, “The developers of the mosque so near the hallowed ground of the 9/11 attack would be showing great compassion for the feeling and emotions of the families of victims of the attack — compassion that the holy Koran instructs its followers to practice — if they would find another location for their place of worship”? I know — not a chance in hell.
Given Obama’s no-win on the question of his faith (being a Muslim vs. being a Christian who was a member of the racist Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years), he’d almost be better served politically to give atheism a try heading into the 2012 race.