Wednesday, September 8, 2010

CNN presents opposing views on NYC mosque; but the Florida pastor comes across as a millstone

CNN's Soledad O'Brien will interview Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, behind the proposed Islamic Center in New York, on "Larry King Live" Wednesday Sept. 8, 2010.



The story indicates that Rauf stands behind temperance and moderation in the pursuit of religious faith.

Personally, I’ve remained pretty neutral about all this, but it seems that the First Amendment certain protects the building of a facility for any faith in any community, as far as any zoning or government regulation is concerned.

The positive spin on Rauf’s proposal is diametrically opposed to the attention given to Florida pastor Terry Jones with his planned “burning” of the Koran. On Tuesday night, Anderson Cooper, on his 360 program, did a “Keeping ‘em honest” interview which became contentious.

One is reminded of Francois Truffaut’s 1966 film of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” for Universal and J. Arthur Rank, about book burning. And the Nazis did it in the 1930s. Jones is starting to sound like another kind of Fred Phelps.

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