Emailed to IPR and posted at Free Patriot Press by Darryl W. Perry, Chair of the Boston Tea Party National Committee:
Lately it seems everyone is putting in their “two cents” on the Cordoba House; which opponents – including some supposed “libertarians” (Wayne Allyn Root, John Hospers & Neal Boortz) – are calling a “mosque at ground zero.” Tom Knapp has posted some facts:
– Cordoba House is not a “mosque.”
– It is not located at “Ground Zero.” It’s a two-block walk or a four-block drive (due to one-way streets) away.
– Cordoba House (will not be) “overshadowing” Ground Zero. Cordoba House is planned to be 13 stories tall. Its site is separated from Ground Zero by a 15-story Post Office, a 21-story office building and three streets.
According to their website,
“Cordoba House is a Muslim-led project which will build a world-class facility that promotes tolerance, reflecting the rich diversity of New York City. The center will be community-driven, serving as a platform for inter-community gatherings and cooperation at all levels, providing a space for all New Yorkers to enjoy.
This proposed project is about promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion through arts and culture. Cordoba House will provide a place where individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, will find a center of learning, art and culture; and most importantly, a center guided by Islamic values in their truest form – compassion, generosity, and respect for all.
The site will contain tremendous amounts of resources that otherwise would not exist in Lower Manhattan; a 500-seat auditorium, swimming pool, art exhibition spaces, bookstores, restaurants – all these services would form a cultural nexus for a region of New York City that, as it continues to grow, requires the sort of hub that Cordoba House will provide.” (emphasis added)
It should be repeated: Cordoba House is NOT a “mosque” at “ground zero” but rather a Community Center over 2 blocks away.
No government should discriminate against any person or group for any reason. Cordoba House isn’t a “mosque” at “ground zero” but rather an Islamic Community Center 3 streets from the WTC site. Even if it were a “mosque” at “ground zero” there is no legitimate reason that any government should prevent Cordoba House from being built. The Federal government cannot intervene without violating the First and Tenth Amendments and arguably the Fourth & Fourteenth Amendments, as well – not that the Constitution has prevented the Feds from implementing many laws that violate the rights of Americans. The State of New York cannot stop this Community Center from being built without violating Article I Section 3 of the New York State Constitution and without creating a weird “zoning law” or using “eminent domain” to take the property, New York City cannot lawfully prevent the Cordoba House from being built.
In Peace, Freedom, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry
Chair Boston Tea Party National Committee
Managing Editor Free Patriot Press
2016 candidate for President of the United States of America
Also addressing this issue: Reactions to Root’s piece from the libertarian blogosphere, LNC member Daniel Wiener, Tom Knapp, Kristin Davis, Warren Redlich, Carl Paladino, and LPHQ interns Marissa Giannotta and Josh Roll.