Letters to the Editor

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August 27, 2010


To the editor:

How poor a job must we be doing in our public schools, our civics classes, our public square that one of our most basic and cherished freedoms — of religion — can become a political football in 2010!

An Islamic center built to bring people of many backgrounds together to learn from each other and to grow in understanding the richness of our diverse histories, heritage and cultures is no threat to our country or our citizens. Rather, two blocks from the tragic grounds of 9/11, it would become a symbol of the indomitable spirit of our vibrant democracy.

Hilda Enoch,



Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Hilda for your open mind. You are on the money.

cato_the_elder 5 years, 1 month ago

Question to the J-W staff: Where is the letter to the editor from Robert Babcock discussing certain tenets of Islam that was published yesterday, appeared online, and was extensively commented on in this forum? Has it been removed? If so, why? If so, has this ever happened before?

seriouscat 5 years, 1 month ago

seconded! please explain the disappearance

Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, that is a curious thing. I've seen comments and blogs and users get disappeareded, but I don't recall that an LTE has gone down the memory hole before.

wmathews 5 years, 1 month ago

It hasn't gone anywhere. It's right here: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/aug...

If you look at the news archive for that day, it's on the list, too: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/aug/26/

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

cato_the_elder 5 years, 1 month ago

It was unavailable from the evening of August 26 until the late morning of August 27. Two other posters commented on it.

50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago

Hilda, the "save the homeless person" now trying to save the Mosque, who would've guessed? What will it be next?

mbulicz 5 years, 1 month ago

Right, because Obama and Muslims see eye to eye on Obama's agenda - war in Afghanistan, gay rights, stem cell reseatch, and abortion.

Thanks for the big laugh today.

madameX 5 years, 1 month ago

OMG, it's not a mosque, it's a freakin' community center with a prayer room. If you don't like that it's going to be built where it's going to be built fine, that's your right, but at least acknowledge the facts of the situation and call it what it actually is.

Now, bring on the commets that say "You poor naive idiot, it's actually going to be an Al Quaeda/Taliban training facility!"

grammaddy 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't try to educate them. Fear is all they want.

Jimo 5 years, 1 month ago

There's an election coming up. What did you expect the wingnuts to talk about? Their lack of ideas? Their two sentence budget proposal?

Please! Only wonks think that you get elected putting out detailed position papers on serious matters. Voters would rather focus on gay Muslim Mexicans burning flags, planting terror babies and then aborting them if they're handicapped.

Scott Drummond 5 years, 1 month ago

The whole controversy is nothing more than a cynical ploy by republicans to energize their base so that they will turn out and bring to fruition the republican Party gains that the mainstream media has been busy publicizing since the story line about the election of President Obama petered out. Guns, gay marriage, Terri Schiavo, mosques, it is always some phony issue trumpeted by the right wingers and their allies in the corporate mainstream media. Is the American public going to fall for the ploy yet again?

notajayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

"How poor a job must we be doing in our public schools, our civics classes ..."

I love how things tie so neatly together. Like this article and the other LTE today :

mr_right_wing 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey, you want to put some kind of ecumenical center where this house of muhammad is going to be? Fine..I doubt you'd have very little resistance to that. Just include Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims...etc. (Everyone could get together and sing "Kumbaya deity of your choice, kumbaya Kumbaya deity of your choice, kumbaya Kumbaya deity of your choice, kumbaya. Oh deity of your choice, kumbaya!"

Sounds like an incredibly good idea to me!

But that is NOT what is being bult there at this point.

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