Billo just doesn't get it. He thinks the left is being hateful for pointing out religious freedom is a right for all Americans.
Bill insists that no-one wants to persecute Muslims in the Unites States, whilst insisting that the building of a mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero is insensitive. He doesn't appear to see that this is insisting that Muslims have less rights than followers of other religions.
What's really underneath this controversy was revealed the other day during an interview on CNN.
Lemon: Don't you think it's a bit different considering what happened on 9/11? And the people have said there's a need for it in Lower Manhattan, so that's why it's being built there. What about 10, 20 blocks . . . Midtown Manhattan, considering the circumstances behind this? That's not understandable?It shouldn't need to be said that American Muslims were not behind 9-11 and yet that is what Lemon is implying when he talks of "context". He is implying that all Muslims should pay the price for the actions of a few Muslim extremists.
Patel: In America, we don't tell people based on their race or religion or ethnicity that they are free in this place, but not in that place --
Lemon: [interrupting] I understand that, but there's always context, Mr. Patel . . . this is an extraordinary circumstance. You understand that this is very heated. Many people lost their loved ones on 9/11 --
Patel: Including Muslim Americans who lost their loved ones. . . .
Lemon: Consider the context here. That's what I'm talking about.
Patel: I have to tell you that this seems a little like telling black people 50 years ago: you can sit anywhere on the bus you like - just not in the front.
Lemon: I think that's apples and oranges - I don't think that black people were behind a Terrorist plot to kill people and drive planes into a building. That's a completely different circumstance.
Patel: And American Muslims were not behind the terrorist plot either.