With polls showing that about 70 percent of Americans believe building an Islamic cultural center containing a mosque just two blocks away from ground zero is inappropriate, the far left is once again on the run. Failing with the bogus ‘‘freedom of religion’’ argument, the crew that is offended by the manger scene at Christmas is now saying the mosque controversy is another attempt to ‘‘scare white people.’’ Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has put forth that loopy argument from his second home: MSNBC.
You may remember that the radical left designated the Shirley Sherrod story, the ACORN scandal, the New Black Panther Party-voting booth-Justice Department situation and the resignation of White House ‘‘green jobs’’ czar Van Jones as attempts to scare white Americans. I don’t know about you, but I’m white and those stories did not frighten me. I hope I’m not out of the white loop.
But here’s a key question: Why are Howard Dean and Sen. Harry Reid trying to scare white people? Those committed liberals both believe the mosque should be built somewhere else. Why are these guys trying to frighten Caucasians, and what can we do to stop them? It is simply unfair to have the Senate majority leader and the former governor of Vermont running around trying to instill fear into white guys and gals. This must stop.
What is somewhat scary is that the far-left media continue to peddle this stuff even in the face of economic disaster. CNN and MSNBC are in deep ratings trouble. Newsweek magazine recently sold for one dollar, and Time is having a tough go of it, as well. Air America is bankrupt. The New York Times and The Washington Post are not nearly as successful or influential as they used to be. Not all of those concerns are far left, but they do have an ideological kinship with the loons. It’s just a matter of degree.
Meanwhile, the anti-liberal Fox News Channel and The Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page is conservative, are both doing very well. (Full disclosure: I work for Fox News, whose parent company, News Corporation, also owns The Wall Street Journal.)
It is because of situations like the ground zero mosque that the far left has lost credibility, as well as viability. Americans are not stupid. They understand that New York City has more than 100 mosques. One more located near the site where fanatical Muslims murdered thousands of innocent people is certainly not necessary — especially considering the building would offend thousands of people who lost loved ones on 9/11. Why would anyone want to offend them? Paging President Barack Obama.
In the end, I believe the Muslim center will not be built. Some kind of compromise will most likely be reached. If not, I can’t imagine any New York City construction firm lifting a hammer to build this project. So I predict it will not happen.
I know that may be scary to far-left people, and I apologize if my prognostication upsets you in any way. I never want to frighten anybody. I’ll leave that to Congress.
Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show ‘‘The O’Reilly Factor.’’ Visit his website at www.billoreilly.com.