… and certainly no advocate of religious tolerance, or neighborliness, or the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of religion.
From a few years ago, when Lynch faced a primary challenge (read the whole thing):
D’Alessandro said he supported the rights of a Moslem group to build a cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero: “We have a constitutionally protected right to practice our faith as we see fit, and you know, those rights, those core values mean the most when it’s uncomfortable for us to adhere to them,” he said.
Lynch disagreed: “Respect and tolerance lives on a two-way street. I know a lot of those families who lost loved ones that day, I know a lot of firefighters who, their families, who perished that day and I just think it would be a huge win for the Imam to move that mosque and I would hope they would do that as a symbol for us and our fallen.”
“Us”? “Our fallen”? So if you’re Muslim, then you’re not one of “us”?
I have nothing but contempt for that kind of argument, for that kind of thinking, that kind of stereotyping, ignorance, tribalism and bigotry. I don’t know who it appeals to, and I don’t care.
UPDATE (by David): You can watch the video of the WGBH debate in which Lynch made the comments in question here – the exchange over the Manhattan mosque starts about 15 minutes in. Actually, the whole thing is worth watching to hear Lynch talk at length about his vote on health care, among other things.