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Watch: Keith Olbermann on the 'Ground Zero Mosque'


Olbermann sounds off on the distracting controversy over the so-called 'Ground Zero mosque':

"Yet, in a country dedicated to freedom, forces have gathered to blow out of all proportion the construction of a minor community center; to transform it into a training ground for terrorists and an insult to the victims of 9/11 and a tribute to medieval Muslim subjugation of the West. There is no training ground for terrorists. There is no insult to the victims of 9/11. There is no tribute to medieval Muslim subjugation of The West. There is, in fact, no 'Ground Zero mosque.'"

"Despite the nobility of our founding and the indefatigable efforts of all our generations, there have always been those who would happily sacrifice our freedoms, our principles, to ward off the latest unprecedented threat, the latest unbeatable outsiders. Once again, at 45 Park Place, we are being told to sell our birth-right, to feed the maw of xenophobia and vengeance and mob rule. The terrorists who destroyed the buildings from which you could only see 45 Park Place as a dot on the ground, wanted to force us to change our country to become more like the ones they knew. What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center, than to do the terrorists' heavy lifting for them? And do you think 45 Park Place is where it ends?"

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  1. "There is no insult to the victims of 9/11."

    Yes, there is.

    America is too busy kissing Muslim asses to consider 9/11 victim's families feelings or rights, no one cared to look for a compromise location.

    Posted by: Ben | Aug 17, 2010 8:55:36 AM

  2. "compromise location?"

    In Manhattan?? Do you know how valuable property is there?

    This is the biggest load of bullshit since death panels. I hate all religion but this is an injustice towards innocent people being bullied out of their own property. There is an actual mosque two more blocks down the road, does that need to go? All the mosques in NYC? How far do we go trampling on the rights of our fellow Americans?

    This is just fucking shameful. I can't believe we are even discussing it while America continues to burn.

    9/11 victim families are not in lock-step on this, and members of this Muslim congregation DIED on that day as well, making them victims too.

    But as we know in America:

    white victims > brown victims

    Fuck you assholes.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 17, 2010 9:10:22 AM

  3. The media needs to start calling it a more appropriate name, "Burlington Coat Factory Mosque." Problem solved.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 17, 2010 9:11:24 AM

  4. This is nothing more than right wing, GOP propaganda to take the focus off the economy, jobs and the mid-term elections. Reason: The GOP has NOTHING ELSE to run on except to milk 9/11 for more fear-mongered votes.

    WTF? I spotted that the moment they began spouting this bullshit, and I did not need Olbermann to point it out to me. I wish more Americans would pay attention to the source and logic.

    This is such an illogical argument; it goes against the Constitutions 1st amendment rights and any action against these parties would never stand up in court. All it is doing is fanning the fires of hatred.

    Great civilization we live in.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 17, 2010 9:21:10 AM

  5. he's absolutely correct. it's sad that this even needs to be explained to people.

    Posted by: Will | Aug 17, 2010 9:49:33 AM

  6. "America is too busy kissing Muslim asses to consider 9/11 victim's families feelings or rights, no one cared to look for a compromise location."

    Dozens of normal people who worked in the towers and died on 9/11 were practicing Muslims.

    It's the fucking financial district. Everything is built on top of each other down there. Porn stores next to Burger Kings. Churchs next to ATMs. Why do people choose to comment on this like they've NEVER been to Manhattan before? (Mostly because those with the loudest, most obnoxious opinions haven't been.)

    I'm so sick of this non-story, this irrelevent, used-only-for-political-talking-points bullshit fabrication of a controversy.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 17, 2010 9:52:39 AM

  7. Would it appease the right wingnuts if there was a Hooters next door to the mosque near Grand Zero?

    Posted by: Allen | Aug 17, 2010 10:06:53 AM

  8. Actually there's a strip club right around the corner.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 17, 2010 10:12:22 AM

  9. There will be 5 rooms with flight simulators.

    Every American has the right to learn how to fly a jet, I'm sure you'll agree!

    Posted by: Land of the Free | Aug 17, 2010 10:13:28 AM

  10. I am so glad to see Keith has become such a champion of Constitutional Rights. But I wonder if he will champion other Constitutional Rights as fervently as he is defending this mosque. I can't see him supporting the 2nd Amendment--"the right to bear arms" in the same manner. You can't call on Faux News to be taken off the air and still support freedom of the press-1st Amendment--right up there with freedom of religion. Both the left and the right are a bunch of f-ing hypocrites. This is all about politics--not what is right and wrong. None of them are fooling me.

    Posted by: Leto | Aug 17, 2010 10:21:12 AM

  11. So then what do YOU actually think, Leto?

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 17, 2010 10:24:11 AM

  12. Um, I'm sure Olbermann does defend the right to own a gun. Do you have evidence to the contrary, or are you just spinning around in your echo chamber?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 17, 2010 10:36:57 AM

  13. Ditto most of the comments above, especially Wes's intial response to Ben. In addition to the strip club David mentioned, there is at least one porn shop nearby, on the supposedly "sacred ground" of the neighborhoods near the old WTC.
    Leto, since nobody is fooling you, could you please tell us what is right and wrong? If your point is that Keith Olberman is pompous, I can't argue with that. (Ben Affleck's SNL skit where played Olberman making one of his on-the-air editorials/rants was one the funniest things either Affleck or SNL has done in ages.) But from what I've seen -- I admit I do not watch Olberman religiously -- he has seemed fairly consistent in his point of view and not hypocritical.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Aug 17, 2010 10:45:13 AM

  14. Keith Olberman is the worst. talk about pandering to your audience. I may as well watch Fox News.

    yes, Islamic leaders have the "right" to move into that building. however, whenever anybody INSISTS on doing something despite being insensitive to other people - I think thats how we define being an "a**hole." lets insist on building a new catholic church next to a center for abused children. give me a break. get your head outta your ass.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 17, 2010 11:20:38 AM

  15. The only people being insensitive are the ones INSISTING they forfeit their property due to an offensive perception that they have anything to do with 9/11 beyond losing members of their own congregation on that day.

    How many direct losses did you suffer on 9/11?

    Get over it and stop harassing these people.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 17, 2010 11:27:45 AM

  16. I thought we wanted a holocaust against the Muslims?

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 17, 2010 11:28:04 AM

  17. We need more people like Keith Olberman in this world.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Aug 17, 2010 11:30:29 AM

  18. @ Wes - how many direct losses did I suffer on 9/11? Cute.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 17, 2010 11:34:32 AM

  19. The WTC wasn't destroyed by Muslims - it was destroyed by a radical political organization. We've chosen the easiest scapegoat we can find - people of the Muslim faith - because the media has made them an easy target.

    This country is filled with xenophobic, uneducated bigots. This kind of stuff just galls me. Thank you, Keith, for being the voice of reason and tolerance.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 17, 2010 11:52:48 AM

  20. I feel sad for the people that are legitimately upset by this, and no, they're not all victims of GOP fear mongering.

    I don't see why they can't build one there. I just wish they weren't ruining yet another one of New York's beautiful facades. Oh, and the call to prayer will be annoying as shit.

    Posted by: Aaron | Aug 17, 2010 11:54:20 AM

  21. I wonder decades down the line, if we allow this center to be built, whether our children will look back on us and think how we rose above prejudice and bigotry to say it is not Islam that we are against, not Muslims, not people from the Middle East or South Asia. . . but we are against those that would choose to harm us and welcome us.

    Posted by: Hussain | Aug 17, 2010 12:05:34 PM

  22. I only ask JJ because they actually did. So who are you to tell them to leave in the name of 9/11? Nothing remotely cute about it.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 17, 2010 12:31:16 PM

  23. Olberman's comments are on point but...the attention span of most people who need to hear and ponder what he says is much shorter than twelve minutes. And, though words like "indefatigable" and "xenophobia" are part of the rhetorical arsenal of SOME rightist True Believers, they're not likely to be among the working vocabulary of most of the folks who think Sarah Palin is a gifted leader and eloquent speaker, or that Joe the Plumber is deeply insightful.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Aug 17, 2010 12:36:34 PM

  24. An excerpt from note I wrote In Support of the Muslim American Community:

    "Islam did not attack our country on 9/11/01. Intolerance, hatred and extremism attacked our country that day, and it continues to attack us still. To perpetuate these values through racism, intolerance and blaming the innocent only perpetuates the values of those who attacked us on that day."

    You can find the full note here:

    Posted by: George Byrd | Aug 17, 2010 12:42:40 PM

  25. Hi Wes - I think you might be reading into my comments. Never did I state that I'm "asking them to leave" or even that I believe it's "hallowed ground" (you didnt state obviously, but others do). I think you should read what I said again before jumping on the defense. It's one thing to be passionate but ppl need to learn to really listen before they talk. This goes for both sides of the argument.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 17, 2010 12:42:40 PM

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