The cable news network New York 1 asked me, "Any response from your organization regarding Justice Stevens Pak51 comments today?"
Here is what I said in response to Stevens' intellectually dishonest remarks:
Justice Stevens is wrongly re-framing the narrative. It's is not a religious liberty issue. It is a matter of common decency and human compassion. The Islamic supremacists intent on building the Ground Zero mega mosque are radically intolerant of the pain and grief they are causing. Imam Rauf and El Gamal need sensitivity training.
Building a mega mosque on the site of a building destroyed in the 911 attacks is a stab in the eye and in the heart.
Further, I am shocked at Justice Stevens admission of racism:
"Among the thoughts that he said flashed through his [Stevens] mind during a 1994 visit to the memorial to the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II was, “These people don’t really belong here.”
A full fifty years later he is repelled by the idea of Japanese visitors to Pearl Harbor? Astounding.
I am not. Nor have I ever had such thoughts. We fought that war. The Japanese surrendered. They never rubbed Pearl Harbor in our faces. The Japanese never asked to build a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor. They could. They have the legal right. But they didn't and they wouldn't because it would be wrong.
The Pope withdrew the plan to build a church at Auschwitz because of the pain and the suffering it was causing. He did not have to. There was no law that said he should. He did it because it was the right thing to do.
The Cordoba House is wrong. There are hundreds of mosques in New York City, thousands of mosques in America. This is not about that. Why there? Where is the mutual respect? Mutual understanding? Reciprocity?
Americans have every right to grieve and hold that hallowed ground sacred. Stop attacking the victims.
If you missed what Justice Stevens said, read on.........
… The 90-year-old Stevens said it is wrong to lump all Muslims with the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks that killed 3,000 people. “Guilt by association is unfair,” he told a Japanese-American group in Washington.
It is not guilt by association. Thousands are dying in Islam's war on the West in America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, China, etc. They are inspired by the same playbook -- the Qur'an. What is being done to expunge the qur'an of the ideology that inpires jihad?
The center’s location two blocks north of where the Twin Towers once stood has upset some relatives of Sept. 11 victims and stirred nationwide debate and angry demands that it be moved. Critics say the site of mass murder by Islamic extremists is no place for an Islamic institution, while supporters of the center say religious freedom should be protected.
But Stevens, a World War II veteran, compared the criticism of the mosque to the emotion he said he initially felt when he saw Japanese tourists at Pearl Harbor.
Among the thoughts that he said flashed through his mind during a 1994 visit to the memorial to the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II was, “These people don’t really belong here.”
Stevens sounds like the racist.
He said many New Yorkers might have had a similar reaction to news about the mosque in lower Manhattan.
Not true. Not similiar at all.
But Stevens said he realized he was drawing conclusions about a group of people that did not necessarily fit any one of the tourists he saw at Pearl Harbor.
“We should never pass judgment on barrels and barrels of apples just because one of them may be rotten,” said Stevens, who left the court in June. He commented on an issue of public debate in a way he most likely would have avoided had he still been serving as a justice.
The Japanese were defeated. Jihad is still waging war on us.
He said that a nation built by people who fled religious persecution “should understand why American Muslims should enjoy the freedom to build their places of worship wherever permitted by local zoning laws.”
They can build anywhere they want (unlike non-Muslims in Muslim lands). This is not a religious liberty issue. It's indecent.
Stevens said the National Japanese American Memorial in Washington offers a similar message in its recognition that the internment of thousands of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during World War II was wrong.
All is fair in love and war.
He called the monument a “a powerful reminder of the fact that ignorance — that is to say, fear of the unknown — is the source of most invidious prejudice.”
Well, what did you expect from a liberal? They love ideas, hate people.