Raising the Stakes, Carl Paladino Promises to Use Eminent Domain to Stop Ground Zero Mosque
posted at 8:06 am on July 23, 2010 by Diane Suffern
Quandary for conservatives: should the construction of the Cordoba House mosque overlooking Ground Zero be stopped using eminent domain? Carl Paladino thinks so.
In a new radio ad, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said he would instead use the property as a war memorial. From the transcript:
ANNOUNCER: There are two major candidates for Governor of New York.
Career Politician Andrew Cuomo supports the construction of a $100 million Islamic mosque near Ground Zero.
Businessman Carl Paladino opposes a Mosque near the the site of the 9-11 attack on America and questions the true sources of the mosque’s funding.
Andrew Cuomo says it’s about religious freedom and the construction of the Mosque should proceed.
Carl Palaldino says it’s an affront to those murdered on 9-11, it’s an insult to all Americans and it must be stopped.
CARL: “This is Carl Paladino. As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this Mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country.”
Conservatives balked at the government using eminent domain to seize the property of seven Pennsylvania landowners (without prior negotiations or notification) in order to accelerate the construction of the Flight 93 memorial. Yet when the proposed structure is a 13-story mosque overlooking the site where 3000 civilians were killed at the hands of Islamic fanatics, do we now heartily approve a government land grab?
It appears to qualify as a “legitimate” acquisition as it wouldn’t be used for economic interests. Yet, the seizure itself is ideologically driven. Given the sheer number of mosques already in NYC, can the government safely revoke property rights based on ethical considerations alone? I guess my question is: if Paladino has the cojones to actually do this, should he?
While I never want to see this incredibly insulting structure stand, if Paladino gets his chance as Governor, I can’t see how this will end well (read: outrageous outrage, protests, etc.). Call me a pessimist.