GOP Nominee Nathan Deal stands up for the rights of local elected officials to decide local issues:
Georgia’s two gubernatorial candidates have taken differing stances on the national controversy over building a mosque in Lower Manhattan, close to where Islamic terrorists murdered thousands on Sept. 11, 2001.
Democratic candidate Roy Barnes said he opposes a mosque at the site.
“I believe the 9/11 site is hallowed ground and it is too painful and divisive to build a mosque there,” Barnes said.
The Journal also asked Republican candidate Nathan Deal if he thought a mosque should be built near ground zero. Deal said Wednesday it wasn’t his place to say.
“As governor, I don’t want New Yorkers telling Georgians what to do with our land. I’ll return the favor by staying out of their business,” Deal said in an e-mail.
The proposed $100 million, 13-story mosque and Islamic center, which would be located two blocks from where the World Trade Center stood, has set off an uproar.
President Barack Obama has said Muslims have the right to build the mosque.
In the race for Georgia’s junior senator, Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson of east Cobb sided with Barnes.
“I believe it is insensitive and inappropriate to build a mosque near the ground zero site,” Isakson said.
Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Gov candidates differ on mosque near 9 11 site
We don’t have to like it (personally I don’t) but local officials in New York are well within their authority to allow this Mosque to be built. I predict in the end it won’t be built. Local citizens are speaking out and demanding a reversal of this decision. Nevertheless, it’s a local matter and we don’t need Governors telling local officials how to zone property.
I hope you Deal haters out there will give him credit for getting in right on this one. 🙂