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by Peter Moskos

August 25, 2010

Mayor Mike's Mosque Matters

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg usually makes sense. I particularly like it when he berates citizenry over common sense issues. "People," he whines, "You gotta stop [fill in the blank]." Makes me all sheepish and look at my toes and mumble, "Sorry, Mister Mayor." And I didn't even do what he's complaining about!

Of course it's not cool to like politicians. Especially rich white whiny ones. And he's certainly not perfect (see: over-development and Atlantic Yards Project). But he's a good mayor and we'll miss him when he's gone. Mark my words.

I watched the whole thing so you don't have to. The highlights:

1:10 — Tells the "real America" camp to back off.

2:54 — Uses the word "repudiate" correctly.

4:10 — "Islam did not attack the World Trade Center. Al Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few... is unfair and un-American."

7:15 — "And there are people... who are hoping that a compromise will end the debate. But it won't. The question will then become, 'How big should the no mosque zone be around the world trade center site?' There's already a mosque four blocks away. Should it be moved? This is a test of our commitment to American values. And we have to have the courage of our convictions. ... We must put our faith in the freedoms than have sustained our great country for 200 years.

9:15 — He reads a quote from the Imam in question. It's too long to transcribe, but worth a listen.

10:25 — Mike closes with, "We will keep New York the most open, diverse, tolerant and free city in the World."

Take that, all you haters. Bloomberg makes me proud to be a New Yorker.

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