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Christine O'Donnell -- Chris Coons debate: Islam in America

A Muslim student at the University of Delaware asked about the role of Islam in American life and the plan to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, a few blocks from the site of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

Both candidates seeking the seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden sidestepped the issue somewhat.

Christine O’Donnell said the issue should be decided on a local level. She did not direclty oppose the project.

She did suggest, however, that local lawmakers might find that “their reelection will be jeopardized” if they support the project.

Chris Coons said he too would defer to local land-use authorites on the issue. He said it wasn’t a “wise decision” to plan a mosque at the site, but did not say he would oppose it. He noted other mosques already exist in Manhattan. He also denounced the Florida pastor who recently threatened to burn Korans on the anniversary of Sept. 11.


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Photo: Imam Talib Abdur Rashid of the Muslim Alliance in North America. Louis Lanzano / Associated Press

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Even Dem Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had enough political sense to OPPOSE the LOCATION of the Ground Zero mosque...2,500 miles away.

Why would either of these two feel the need to dance around the issue? These two are in just as tight of a race as Reid is...

After taking a closer look at the picture accompanying this article I think I may have just discovered the answer to my own not-so-rhetorical question...

Based on such a small portion of the audience having such a preponderance of Islamic garb, I'm wondering if the Muslims (decked out in full regalia) might have "packed" the auditorium for the sake of intimidation/influencing the response to a pre-planned strategic question.

It wouldnt be surprising & quite possibly could have been engineered by a group like the Saudi-funded, pro-Sharia Law political pressure group CAIR.


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