Wayne Root’s ‘Why the 9/11 Mosque Controversy Is NOT About Religious Freedom…and Should Be Stopped!’ has drawn several reactions at libertarian blogs. The ones I have found so far are below. Readers are welcome to link additional articles on the issue in the comments.
Doug Mataconis at The Liberty Papers:
Root starts out with the same sort of milquetoast paeans toward religious liberty and property rights that we saw in his book, but he quickly goes off in a direction that makes it clear that, on this issue, he is more in line with Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich than any Libertarian (or libertarian):
Property rights and religious freedom are among the principles of a free society, basic liberties that are supposed to be protected from the mob. To hear of anyone casting them aside is concerning. For a libertarian to do it is a betrayal of these core values that we are supposed to believe in.
Kissing up the Neoconservatives and their ilk was never a good idea in my opinion and Root’s disregard for the First Amendment is sickening. Part of being a Libertarian is that you don’t compromise on liberty and Root is doing just that in order to get his pat on the head from the statist right and other fake Libertarians like Neal Boortz. It’s another reason I’m glad he was never elected Libertarian Party Chair. The other question remains will he actively oppose Warren Redlich who is the Libertarian candidate for New York Governor, who has supported the construction of the Mosque.
I wasn’t thinking of Wayne Allyn Root when I wrote this piece (one reason for ending my involvement with the Libertarian Party was to minimize the amount of time I have to spending thinking of Wayne Allyn Root, period), but along he comes to drive home my point [hat tip: Jill Pyeatt].
Once you get past the “in a fetal position in a corner, laughing at Wayne Allyn Root calling himself a ‘leading Libertarian thinker'” phase, note that Root tries to frame a new argument for governernment intervention:
If it turns out that this project is sponsored by a foreign government — either directly or through a state-sponsored organization that engages in terrorism — than [sic] the idea of this being an issue of religious freedom is a sham and an argument can be made that our Constitution would actually prohibit this mosque from being built.
The Constitution in Wayne’s imagination, perhaps. The real one … no. And a good thing for the largest Christian denomination, too, considering that every last Holy Roman Catholic church building in the US is “sponsored” by a foreign state (the Vatican).
Root participates in the fraud aspect of the issue, falsely referring to the cultural center as a “mosque” and pretending that it’s at Ground Zero in order to obtain valuable considerations (“public pressure on the property owners to sell” the property to someone besides the Cordoba House project, participation in protests, etc.).