In every segment that Laura Ingraham has participated in regarding the Park 51 Islamic Community Center, which she refers to as a Mosque, she likes to set the constitutional aspect of the argument aside by saying:
"Nobody is saying that they don't have a constitutional right to build it wherever they want, but 70% of Americans believe it should be built somewhere else, so shouldn't they do that?"
It reminds me of one of those juvenile questions from Jr. High School like "Does your mom know that you're gay?" and then everyone has a good laugh when some kid fails to realize that the question is invalid, but tries to answer it anyway.
If Ingraham asked me weather they should build the Mosque elsewhere because 70% of Americans believe they should, I would take the position that giving up constitutional rights to satisfy public opinion is something that I would never encourage any person or group of people to do.
Once you let that genie out of the bottle, it's not going back inside until everyone else has made the same mistake. An Islamic Mosque today, a Budist Temple tomorrow. Of course Ingraham wants to nail you to the question and I can just hear her saying "But what do you think? - Do you think they should ignore 70% of Americans?"
There's nothing wrong with saying that they should do whatever is in their best interest and I'm not sure why so many of her guest feel like there is something wrong in taking that position.
However, in the real world down here on earth where Ingraham and Fox News are wagging the dog over this issue, the developers of Park 51 should not overlook Fox's ability to incite crazy people to do crazy things. Just like Glenn Beck's continious rant about The Tides Foundation resulted in someone attempting to pay them a visit with loaded weapons.
I truely believe that Ingraham is trying to create enough fear and outrage with her "evil mosque" rant until some Glenn Beck fan pays The Park 51 site a visit in the wee hours of the night with a can of gasoline and a book of matches. Let's not forget that Bill O'Reilly's continuous rant about Dr. George Tiller finally resulted in him being shot and killed in his own church. Therefore, my supposition is not just hypothetical, but probable giving The Fox News Channels track record for indirectly inciting violence.
The Developers of park 51, in my opinion, should issue a press release saying that they have considered their options are going to look for another location or that they are commited to the Park 51 location and that the matter is closed. This way the rational people can say "Okay, we gave it a shot" and the radicals who like to pick and choose when the U.S. Constitution should be applicable can go ahead with trying to get an injunction to hault construction. Because that is exactly what they are going to do.
If you don't cower to their bark, they're gonna bite. I just hope that The Park 51 Group makes the right dicision. Whatever that may be is not for me to decide, but I know what I would do.
As for Ingraham's suspicions about where the money is coming from to pay for the community center, if she has any reasonable suspicion that terrorist orgainzations are involved, she should contact the FBI, DHS, or even the NYPD for that matter. I suspect that she hasn't since a major funder of the park 51 site is the second largest stockholder in Fox News and it's parent company News Corp.
- Chico Brisbane