This Howard Deal guy is really starting to irk me. On Keith Olbermann’s program last night, the former DNC chairman made the argument that moving the Ground Zero mosque was akin to enacting civil unions instead of full marriage: it’s a compromise, and it’s reasonable and good enough.
That’s a stupid argument. Because it shows why Dean is wrong.
Having already argued for a compromise in previous interviews, the former Vermont governor says the mosque is a “real affront” to people who lost their lives on 9/11. That is, it has nothing to do with the First Amendment. Saying “65-70 percent of people have a real problem” with the downtown mosque (and not all of them are “race baiters”!), Dean says we have to get everybody’s input on whether a group of religious believers should have a right to install a place of worship, and make a decision from there.
No, we don’t. We do the right thing no matter what anybody says, because it’s the right thing to do. We don’t compromise on marriage with civil unions because the populous wants it. We don’t compromise because we do not compromise on people’s rights, particularly those guaranteed in the Constitution.