Update (4:40 p.m.): Robin Carnahan did answer questions about the mosque today. Update below the original post.
Original post (2 p.m.): In this era of reading and riding the tea leaves, it was only a matter
of time before heartland politicians were asked where they
stand on the "Ground Zero Mosque," the Muslim community and worship
center planned for a private development a couple of blocks away from
where the Twin Towers crumbled.
Roy Blunt spoke up recently, and his answer will surprise you, if for some reason you always thought Roy Blunt was a Muslim cleric.
In today's Star, Steve Kraske reports that both Blunt, who's running for U.S. Senate, and Kit Bond, whose seat Blunt is gunning for, have spoken out against the proposed mosque.
While campaigning in Kansas City today for the U.S. Senate,He's right, of course: Our time-honored freedom of speech makes it totally appropriate to talk about what should be near Ground Zero, just like our time-honored freedom of religion makes it appropriate for New York Muslims to worship and study in the same neighborhood as the former World Trade Center complex, just as our time-honored freedom of debauchery makes it appropriate for strippers and gamblers to congregate in the same neighborhood.
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.
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."
"If your goal is to do that and bring all
faiths together it might make sense to put this someplace else because
it's clearly become divisive.
"Again, it's not a decision that I am going
to make for those folks, but it's something I hope they will seriously
consider as they decide how to move forward."