Texas Congressman Ron Paul — the spiritual godfather of the Tea Party movement — has come out in support of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. On his blog he writes: “The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.
Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be ‘sensitive’ requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from ground zero.”
He blames neo-conservatives for starting the hue-and-cry over the mosque. He says they “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.”
Good to hear a leading U.S. libertarian staying true to his principles. He won’t be so popular among the Tea Party types after this.