Monday, May 28, 2007

The ACLU Picks Its Battles

As regular listeners to my radio show know, the city of Boston is subsidizing the construction of a mosque in the Roxbury community, giving land worth an estimated $2 million to the Islamic Society of Boston for just $175,000.

It would appear to be a case designed with the ACLU in mind--tax dollars going directly to the aid of a religious group for the construction of a house of worship. So, where's the ACLU?

Nowhere. The Massachusetts and Boston branches have been eerily silent on this entire story.

Instead, the ACLU is focusing its efforts on puling down crosses from veterans memorials like the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego and the Sunrise Rock cross in the Mojave Desert (both pictured above).

Unlike the taxpayer-funded mosque, these quiet remembrances of veterans do not preach any specific message. They don't evangelize. They don't hand out religious tracts or (in the case of the Islamic Center of Boston) promote the teaching of supporters of suicide bombing like Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi.

And yet the ACLU is suing everyone in sight over the crosses and has nothing to say about the city-subsidized mosque.

Is it hypocrisy or p.c.-inspired cowardice? In either case, the ACLU should be ashamed.