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Mosques in Manhattan [Aug. 20th, 2010|01:26 pm]
I know y'all read him, but my sweet baboo really hits it out of the park in his argument for why the Islamic Cultural Center should be allowed to be built in Manhattan.

From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-20 09:19 pm (UTC)
So let me understand correctly: You're saying that we should disallow a private party from developing private property in a particular way, because we believe that foreign extremists might consider doing so to be a victory? How is that not a decision based on public policy?

Manhattan real estate development rules are notoriously labyrinthine, but I'm fairly confident that they don't differentiate as between different religions. So unless you're suggesting that a church or synagogue (or Buddhist temple or or or) would be equally offensive there, you're saying that we should ignore the usual rules in order to forbid a particular development, because someone we dislike might take it to mean anything less forceful than a big "fuck you" from us to them.

Just what about this strikes you as a good idea?

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