"The issue that is on the table for us -- as it was with the mosque issue -- is actually, it's been falsified. People like Obama have tried to pretend that what's at state is religious rights. That's not true. No one questions the right of people of different faiths and backgrounds and beliefs to have places of worship, and that's not what's going on at ground zero," Keyes told TPM at the Liberty XPO & Symposium on Thursday.
"On the same grounds that I oppose the mosque, I oppose the book burning, and I think on the same grounds both can be stopped without any violation of constitutional rights," Keyes said.
Keyes contends that the Imam behind the Cordoba project is associated with Hamas and extremist groups, and said that "religious liberty does not extend to actions that violate the fundamental premises of natural justice."
"If you had a cult in America that wanted to practice human sacrifice, it would be banned," Keyes said.
Keyes also said that he preferred the issue to be issued by local authorities, but said federal authorities could get involved because of the threat of national security.
"This is one of those cases where I think on proper grounds of real concern for the integrity of our country's national security and acts which might exacerbate the threats to the United States, you may intervene to stop it," Keyes said.
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