Mayor Bloomberg and religious intolerance
August 30, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York urged tolerance when Muslims sought to build a mosque near the site of the World Trade Towers, notes William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal. But now Bloomberg plans to keep all religious figures off the podium when New York marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
In all likelihood, McGurn says, Bloomberg wants to exclude religious officials in order to avoid a potentially delicate dispute about the inclusion of an Islamic speaker. But the net result is the exclusion of all religion.
This is precisely how American liberalism impoverishes society. It finds a disagreement, labels those on one side "divisive," and applies a prescription that leaves people feeling even more divided. To which the answer is—surprise!—more of the same.