Sometimes our liberal friends astound us. We conservatives have suffered for half a century as liberals have pointedly pushed religion out of the public square. No prayer in schools. No religion on campus. No religious symbols on government property.
But then out of a clear blue sky, liberals are all hot to prove their devotion to the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion--to Muslims. And when President Obama, in an address to Muslims, affirms their right to build a mosque right next to 9/11's Ground Zero, liberal pundit hearts go aflutter here, here, and here.
Oh yeah? So when did a liberal heart ever go aflutter over celebrating the right of Christians to put up a church right next to a liberal shrine?
OK, it's clear how liberals get to supporting the 9/11 mosque. Muslims are anti-American; liberals approve of that. Muslims are anti-Christian; liberals like that. Muslims are victims in Palestine; liberals rally to that. Muslims in America are a minority; liberals like that. Hate groups might attack Muslims; liberals must rally against that. And so on.
As for me, I notice that the mosque issue fits into my culture of compulsion/culture of friendship template. Liberals are saying as enlightened elitists that government must compel the American people to allow Muslims the right to build mosques wherever they want. Conservatives agree that Muslims have the right. But in the spirit of friendship, conservatives say, surely Muslims would not want to build a mosque so close to a site where Muslim extremists killed thousands of Americans.
"There is such a thing as society. It's just not the same thing as the state." Scratch a liberal, and you'll find someone that doesn't get it.