The Baltimore Sun's editorial board seems to think Newt Gingrich's opposition to the ground zero mosque is a minority position ("Freedom and religion," editorial, Aug. 5). However, New Yorkers oppose the "Cordoba House" mosque by a whopping 61-26 percent. New York City residents are 56-33 percent against, suburban residents, 66-21 percent against, and up-staters are 64-21 percent against (Siena College survey). Surely, The Sun can't be suggesting that the majority of New Yorkers who live in a city with over 100 mosques, are, as they characterized the former Speaker, "anti-Muslim"?
While Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo certainly have the right to support the construction of the mosque at ground zero, let The Sun acknowledge that they do so with overwhelming public opinion against them. An opinion that stems from the fact that Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the effort, has shown his contempt for the victims of 9/11 when he stated that U.S. policies "were an accessory" to 9/11 and "in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the U.S.A." He has refused to repudiate Hezbollah, the terrorist organization behind the 1983 Beirut bombing that killed 241 U.S. Marines and continues to rain down missiles into Israel from its base in southern Lebanon. Moreover, he is an apologist for Shariah Law, the Islamic law that is used to justify the execution of homosexuals, honor killings, and death sentences carried out by stoning, which he claims is compliant with the U.S. Constitution.