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Bill Press Keeps Ground Zero Mosque Debate in Proper Perspective

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By Doug Powers  •  August 17, 2010 11:19 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Bill Press: “Sometimes you have to stand up and say, this is wrong — the wrong place… It’s a slap to the American people… There are some places where cheap political tricks should not be allowed.”

Oh wait, that’s not Bill Press talking about the Ground Zero mosque — the above is what Press said about Glenn Beck’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Here’s what Press said about the Ground Zero mosque:

“Let me tell you something, first of all, we’re not talking ground zero, we’re talking two blocks from ground zero, there are apartment buildings there, there’s a catholic church there, a pizza parlor there. there are hotels there. There might even be a porn shop there. This is not a sacred site, this is all about religion and the opponents, there’s only one reason to oppose this mosque, and that is to paint Islam as an evil religion and to paint all Muslims and equate them with a 19 terrorist who’s flew into that building. it is wrong. it is un-American and the people against it ought to be ashamed of playing a cheap political trick.”

Condemning an entire group of people for the actions of a few is wrong. Got that?

Okay, with that bit of wisdom in mind, let’s go back to a Tea Party/Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Press went a step further:

“In a slap at both President Lincoln and Dr. King, not to mention the American people, the National Park Service has given Glenn Beck permission to hold a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 – 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King gave his magnificent ‘I Have A Dream’ speech”… If you ask me, that’s like granting al Qaeda permission to hold a rally on September 11 – at Ground Zero.”

Tea Partiers are like Al Qaeda even though the only thing the Tea Party has in common with 9/11 is that it’s trying to prevent another one. In this case, Press is not condemning an entire group of people for the actions of a few, but rather demonizing an entire group of people for the actions of none of them.

The Tea Party is comparable to the Islamic terrorists who murdered thousands on 9/11, but it’s un-American to criticize a mosque near Ground Zero because to do so is to blame an entire group for the actions of a few? This is hilariously misguided and insane even for Bill Press.

Press has also adopted an angle that’s being parroted by others in the media: We shouldn’t be having a moral freakout over a mosque when there are strip clubs, an adult/lingerie store and an off-track betting parlor also nearby.

That would be a logical rebuttal to Ground Zero mosque critics, provided the Twin Towers had been taken down by six pole dancers, three pairs of edible underwear and a bookie.

**Written by Doug Powers

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