Kit Bond compares the Islamic center near Ground Zero to 'Americans putting a church near Hiroshima after World War II'
While campaigning in Kansas City today for the U.S. Senate, Republican Cong. Roy Blunt was asked by reporters whether a mosque should be built near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
No way, Blunt said.
“We constantly talk about what’s appropriate to put next to a 150-year-old Civil War battlefield,” Blunt said at Union Station. “I think it’s totally appropriate to talk about what should be near ground zero from 9-11…I do not think it should be built there.”
Republican Sen. Kit Bond, whose seat Blunt wants, also said building the mosque near the site of the Twin Towers would be wrong.
“There’s a real difference between the legal right to do something and whether that’s something is the right thing to do. They have a right to do it. I think it’s ill-advised to put a mosque at ground zero, which was destroyed in the name of radical Islam,” Bond said.
Bond noted that “if we tried to put a United States church at Hiroshima after World War II, that would have frayed relations tragically.”
Of President Barack Obama, who sparked controversy by endorsing the idea, Bond said: “He got in with both feet and one of them was in his mouth, and when he got caught he switched feet.”