Repeating the lie: the building of a mosque

In politics, one is not supposed to accuse their opponent of lying. They’re not supposed to say, ‘my opponent is lying.’ They’re supposed to sugar coat the line with something along the lines of ‘My opponent is being misleading.’ Some of the times, though, a lie is simply a lie.

It is a lie that most Americans care that a mosque is being built. It is a lie that most Americans want to deprive Muslims of a house of worship. How many mosques have been built in this country with nary a word from the American public? Americans and most moderate Muslims just don’t want the Cordoba House to be built at Ground Zero. So why do those in the mainstream media, and the talking heads on the cable networks, keep repeating the lie. The answer is dual-pronged.

Joseph Goebbels, the propagandist of the Nazi regime, stated that if you repeat the same lie often enough people will start to believe it is true. Most Americans are not political. Most Americans do not get heated over national issues. Most Americans want to be seen as nice people. Most Americans do not want to be called Islamophobic, as Time magazine has done. Repeating the same lie over and over again allows the liberal side of this argument to leave Americans with the notion that if they side with the 9/11 survivors, they are intolerant and probably acting in a racial manner toward Muslims.

The liberals have no other argument. Americans are asking for compromise on this issue. Build your mosque, they are saying, just not at Ground Zero. Be respectful of Americans wishes. Such a construction would incite at the very least hard feelings towards Muslims. Be compassionate for your fellow American. Most Muslims would agree that there are hundreds of Mosques in New York City, and one more Mosque is not mandatory–especially at this particular location.. Be as understanding of the wishes of the 70% of Americans as they are of your practices and wishes. Other than the racist, let’s be better than “them” argument, most liberals would agree there’s no good reason to build a Mosque at Ground Zero. Americans are constantly asked to be tolerant and open-minded of others, and most Americans do so without complaint. Americans understand that they live in a melting pot, and they wouldn’t have it any other way, but every once in a great while Americans ask others to be tolerant and respectful of their wishes. Americans have a lot of great karma in the bank, and they deserve understanding on vital issues such as this one.

There’s an old law adage that says: When the law’s on your side, argue the law. When the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When neither’s on your side, pound the table. In this case, when public sentiment is against you, shout down your opponent, if that doesn’t work pound the table, and if that doesn’t work keep repeating the same line as if the person you are arguing with hasn’t said anything. We’ll see if it works.


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