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Sen. Orrin Hatch: ‘I’d Be The First To Stand Up For Their Rights’ To Build A Mosque Near Ground Zero

8:43 pm - 08/30/2010
Harry Reid is my Senator. This shit makes me mad all over again

From Think Progress:

While virtually every Republican and conservative leader has come out strongly against the construction of the proposed Park 51 Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York City, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) strongly defended the organizers’ right to build the center today, saying, “what made this country great is we have religious freedom.” In an interview with Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, Hatch — who has long been a proponent of religious liberty — said it shouldn’t “make a difference” that the majority of Americans don’t support the center’s construction, because religious freedom is too important, and noted that the proposed site is actually “a few blocks away” from Ground Zero.

And countering those on the right who have implicated Islam in terrorism, or who have tried to paint it as anything less than a legitimate religion, Hatch said that “there are Muslims killed on 9/11 too,” and said, “we know [Islam is] a great religion”:

HATCH: Let’s be honest about it, in the First Amendment, religious freedom, religious expression, that really express matters to the Constitution. So, if the Muslims own that property, that private property, and they want to build a mosque there, they should have the right to do so. The only question is are they being insensitive to those who suffered the loss of loved ones? We know there are Muslims killed on 9/11 too and we know it’s a great religion. … But as far as their right to build that mosque, they have that right.

I just think what’s made this country great is we have religious freedom. That’s not the only thing, but it’s one of the most important things in the Constitution. [...]

There’s a question of whether it’s too close to the 9/11 area, but it’s a few blocks away, it isn’t right there. … And there’s a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build that mosque there, but that should not make a difference if they decide to do it. I’d be the first to stand up for their rights.

Watch it:

In defending Muslims’ right to build the community center, Hatch, who is Mormon, noted that his religion has faced its own opposition the building its houses of worship. Nonetheless, fellow Mormons like Fox News host Glenn Beck, and disappointingly, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have come out against the mosque in New York. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is also Mormon, has been “noticeably absent” from the mosque debate.

Go to the source for lots of embedded links w/in the article
bowtomecha 31st-Aug-2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Watch for some super huge LDS building close to it.
muppetfromhell 31st-Aug-2010 04:48 am (UTC)
there's already a massive LDS temple in manhattan.
firerosearien 31st-Aug-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
evelynwordsmyth 31st-Aug-2010 04:05 am (UTC)
A Republican Mormon...making sense???

fuzzy_ninja 31st-Aug-2010 04:06 am (UTC)
This comment.
escherichiacola 31st-Aug-2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have come out against the mosque in New York

You're wrong...and Orrin Hatch is right

How fuck up is that?
lafinjack 1st-Sep-2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Harry Reid? Wrong about something? Someone catch me, I do believe I am getting the vapors.
jslayeruk 31st-Aug-2010 04:13 am (UTC)
shonen_key 31st-Aug-2010 04:43 am (UTC)
.. and why Patrick and Spongebob were in that pic?
persiascarecrow 31st-Aug-2010 04:24 am (UTC)
i learned today that glenn beck is mormon and i was totally shocked. totally.
eyetosky 31st-Aug-2010 11:10 am (UTC)
And he follows that religions while extolling the virtues of the writings of Ayn Rand and... OW MY BRAIN.
juliet316 31st-Aug-2010 04:50 am (UTC)
A republican actually making sense. That explains the mini - heatwave we're having this week.
erunamiryene 31st-Aug-2010 05:40 am (UTC)

Orrin Hatch said something that didn't make me want to fucking punch him in the ear. MY SENATOR SAID SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T SUCK!

In defending Muslims’ right to build the community center, Hatch, who is Mormon, noted that his religion has faced its own opposition the building its houses of worship.

FINALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY, a Mormon gets it right. \m/^__^\m/

BRB, making sure up is not down, sky is not green, cupcakes are still tasty.
babyfey 31st-Aug-2010 05:53 am (UTC)
I think he understands that there was a time that Mormons were just as hated. He's a logical dude.

Still, the very childish part of me remembers a time when the tabloids ran covers about which people were aliens, and he kept coming up. I always think of him as Senator Alien... a logical alien, I guess.
hotcoffeems 31st-Aug-2010 06:35 am (UTC)
IIRC, Sam Nunn actually confirmed he *was* an alien after that article "outed" him.
eyetosky 31st-Aug-2010 11:12 am (UTC)
Not generally a fan, but I can acknowledge a ballsy motherfucker when I see one.

jiaren_shadow 31st-Aug-2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Not the biggest fan of Orrin Hatch, but this is really awesome of him. Four for you, Orrin.
fruhlings 31st-Aug-2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Pigs are flying as we speak.
doe_witch 31st-Aug-2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
sarien 31st-Aug-2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
/applause. But I hope his state doesn't massacre him for this.
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