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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).(Wikipedia)

Here’s man bites dog for you: A prominent, conservative Republican senator has come out strongly against blocking the planned lower Manhattan Islamic center. “If the Muslims own that property, that private property, and they want to build a mosque there, they should have the right to do so,” the senator said, adding, “there’s a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build that mosque there, but that should not make a difference if they decide to do it. I’d be the first to stand up for their rights.”

Who is the senator? It’s Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), last seen in these digital pages singing about Hanukkah. In addition to his respect for private property, Muslims, the Constitution, and everything else, Hatch cited past instances in which his Mormon faith has been threatened with similar discrimination.

Because it’s been nine months since it was last in your head … here’s “Eight Days of Hanukkah”!

Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo.

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Benito says:

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know those opposing the NY Community Center continue to say that that the majority supports them, but as history has taught us the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

This is deeply heartening and God willing, we will be soon blessed with Senator Hatch’s rendition of “40 Days of Ramadan.” God bless this moderate Republican!

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