Scenario 1: An Islamic project that is legal, but socially insensitive to Americans
An Islamic mosque is proposed to be built nearly on top of ground zero of the Islamic terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. An attack that killed more Americans in a single incident than any other point since World War 2. A large percentage of Americans both locally and nationally are upset and against the proposed 13 story building. They see it as a slap in the face to the victims and other see it as a propaganda symbol for Islamic extremists and terrorists globally.
As the conversation progresses, it is clarified that it is not a question of legality, but of one of prudence and social sensitivity.
The President dances around the topic making a statement about the legality, but he literally says “…I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there [Ground Zero].”
Scenario 2: An American event that is legal, but socially insensitive to worshipers of Islam
A nobody preacher goes public saying that he’s going to burn Korans. When ever a perceived slight of this religion arises from the West, riots and death threats are issued from Islamic groups all over the world. This could also increase violence in areas with Islamic influence where our troops are deployed.
It is not a question of legality but one of prudence and social sensitivity.
This time, the President and his appointed representatives fall all over themselves to make statements pleading for tolerance (social/cultural sensitivity) by this pastor and Americans against the burning of Korans.
Our President is an utter failure on this issue as a leader of America and Americans. He can immediately issue statements recognizing the social insensitivities for foreigners in the Middle East, but just cannot bring himself to the same statements supporting his own people!
It’s like he’s a leader for the Middle East not America. It’s like he’s a supporter of Islam and not Christianity. Bottomline: it’s like he’s anti-American, which is mind boggling to consider in the office of the President of the United States.
We need to stand up and show our outrage at this abandonment of leadership and America come this November to this President and those in Congress that support this anti-American worldview.