Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has publicly condemned the proposal to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York. King declared that such a project “is very offensive.” Fox News host Gretchen Carlson added her own condemnation on air, declaring it a “slap in the face.”
King appears to hold all Muslims responsible for the attacks despite that fact that many Muslims died in the attack. Nevertheless, he admits that the pesky first amendment is likely to bar any effort to block the move:
I believe it is very offensive and it’s wrong. I don’t believe that legally it can be stopped, however, because of the first amendment. But having said that, you know, the mosque will be there. It will be within walking distance of where so many Americans were killed by radical Muslims. And, obviously we cannot blame all of Islam for what a handful of terrorists did. What bothers me though is since then that so many Muslim leaders have failed to speak out against radical Islam, against the attacks. We had mosques here on Long Island who were actually blaming the attacks on the Jews, the CIA and the FBI. So, that’s why this is particularly offensive.