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August 4, 2010

The "Mosque Exclusion Zone"

Michael Nagle/Getty Images

Michael Nagle/Getty Images

I’m wondering about the distance between Bloomberg and Lady Liberty… as compared to, say, the distance between the Cordoba House and Ground Zero — these matters often being a matter of perception.

(And if the statue did stand for Ground Zero, or the new “Freedom Tower,” and Bloomberg represented the new Islamic Center, it’s also telling how out-of-focus he is, especially the flag pin reflecting how much he and the statue are aligned.)

(caption: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C-L), Council Speaker Christine Quinn (C-R), and religious leaders hold a press conference on Governor’s Island to speak about the NYC Landmarks Commission vote to deny 45-47 Park Place landmark status on August 03, 2010 in New York City. After much protest over a mosque being built near Ground Zero, the commission’s vote clears the way for the property to be converted into a mosque and community center.)

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