Karen Hughes, top George W. Bush advisor and long-time confidant, comes out strongly against putting this ‘Victory’ Mosque so close to Ground Zero.
Thanks, Karen. Phew, for a while there, I was afraid the ObamaMedia were going to have to act like they really don’t hate George W. Bush.
Karen Hughes, who for years was one of George W. Bush’s closest advisers, is calling on the organizers of the Ground Zero mosque to “locate their mosque elsewhere.” In an article for Sunday’s Washington Post, Hughes writes:
“A mosque at the edge of Ground Zero would be much more than a house of worship; it would be a symbol, interpreted differently by different audiences. For some it would be the ultimate expression of the freedom of religion we enjoy in America; for others, a searing reminder of terrible deaths at the hands of murderers calling themselves Muslims. I suspect that the terrorists themselves might celebrate its presence as a twisted victory over our society’s freedoms. [Imam] Rauf and his congregation are certainly free to locate their mosque near Ground Zero. But I hope and pray that they will show uncommon courtesy and decide not to.”
Hughes is just the latest former Bush aide to weigh in on the mosque project. Some in the Bush circle, like former speechwriter Michael Gerson, have strongly supported the mosque project. Others, like top aide Karl Rove, have opposed the mosque in its planned location. A statement from Hughes, whose thinking often seemed to track closely with Bush’s, could be a clue to the former president’s thinking.
In recent days some media supporters of the mosque, including the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, have called on Bush to throw his influence behind the mosque project. “It’s time for W. to weigh in,” Dowd wrote recently. Bush, Dowd argued, understands that “you can’t have an effective war against the terrorists if it is a war on Islam” and could therefore lend credibility to the project with his support. Washington Examiner