In it, but not of it. TPM DC
"The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims," Ron wrote in a statement to RonPaul.com "This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservative's aggressive wars."
It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don't want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society--protecting liberty.
In a Wednesday interview with the Daily Caller, Rand himself seemed to suggest that the public opposition to the Cordoba House should be heeded by Muslims.
"I think reconciliation is best promoted by -- instead of having a multi-million dollar mosque -- maybe having a multi-million dollar donation to the memorial site, would be better for all," Paul told the website.
Ironically, Ron Paul writes that all the opposition to the Cordoba House has been ginned up by the very establishment GOP types Rand took on in the GOP primary. Like his father, Rand has been a vocal opponent of his party's leadership on issues like the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. (Rand has bailed on plenty of other stuff his father supports on libertarian grounds like, for example, closing Gitmo.)
In his post, Ron suggests that by coming out in opposition to Cordoba House, politicians -- including his son? -- have chosen to side with the kind of Republicans the Pauls promise to take on when it comes to most other issues.
"The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?" Paul writes, adding:
In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.
They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers from in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.
Ron Paul's congressional spokesperson, Rachel Mills, sends in a brief and to-the-point reply to my questions about the split between Rand and his father over Cordoba House.
"Rand Paul is his own man," she writes.