|Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
[source: The Daily Hurricane]
Well, slap me three times and feed my ’nads to the dogs. Here I was, thinking that the GOP had collectively eschewed any shred of integrity and respect for the Constitution in favor of constant demagogy, when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) steps up and goes on the air to proclaim that, yes, Muslims have every right to build their proposed Park51 Islamic community center two blocks north of Ground Zero in Manhattan:
HATCH: Let’s be honest about it, in the First Amendment, religious freedom, religious expression, that really express matters to the Constitution. So, 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 only question is are they being insensitive to those who suffered the loss of loved ones? We know there are Muslims killed on 9/11 too and we know it’s a great religion. … But as far as their right to build that mosque, they have that right.
I just think what’s made this country great is we have religious freedom. That’s not the only thing, but it’s one of the most important things in the Constitution. [...]