Those who have been busy pointing out the hypocrisy of those right-wing activists who hail the fundamental importance of defending the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom while simultaneously leading a crusade against the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” have been fond of asking just how large the “mosque exclusion zone” is supposed to be.
Well, Gary Bauer has an answer – 3000 yards:
Liberal talking heads often suggest that opposition to the mosque at Ground Zero is just thinly veiled bigotry. They contend that the opponents of the mosque would oppose the construction of a mosque anywhere, and ask rhetorically, “How large should the mosque-free buffer zone around Ground Zero be?”
I’ve thought about that question, and here’s my suggested compromise: Back up the mosque one yard for every life that was lost at Ground Zero on 9/11. Three thousand lives lost equals three thousand yards away. If the organizers of the Ground Zero mosque would accept that compromise, the controversy would be over.
Let’s see, 3,000 yards is 9,000 feet, which is 1.7 miles … so there you go: the Mosque Exclusion Zone is officially set at at just under two miles.
Does that mean that all the mosques that already exist within this radius now have to be shut down and moved?