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New York's Bloomberg: We are all Muslims
by Stephen Prothero
In a smart commentary on the shrill Republican silence in the face of the "Obama is a Muslim" nonsense, Slate's John Dickerson wrote that "with so much traffic on the low road in American politics, you'd imagine a politician or two might take the high road simply to beat the congestion."
Well, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to take the road less traveled.
We are now in the Islamic holy month of fasting called Ramadan, and Bloomberg hosted last night an annual iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, at Gracie Mansion.
In his his remarks, Bloomberg, who has previously supported the Park51 project in the name of both property rights and religious freedom, once again spoke truth to fear and hatred. He admitted that "there are people of good will on both sides of the debate." He acknowledged that the World Trade Center site is "hallowed ground." And he observed that "there are people of every faith–including, perhaps, some in this room–who are hoping that a compromise will end the debate."
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