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November 05, 2010


Nancy Drew

Justice Stevens's observation that one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch is correct. It is also irrelevant. I wonder how the Justice would have felt if, instead of the United States building a memorial at the site of the sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona, it had been Japan who had insisted on building a memorial at Pearl Harbor. It's all about location, location, location. (I also have to wonder what Justice Stevens would think of Markklett's branding him as a "conservative" -- this, after Stevens's lifetime as the proud trumpet of the liberal wing of the Court. Curious.)


Interesting to note that Justice Stevens remarks are nearly identical to the comments that got Juan Williams fired from NPR. Although Stevens recalls his initial distaste at seeing Japanese tourists at Pearl Harbor, and Williams referred to Muslim passengers on a plane, the point of their statements was the same: people need to fight against fear and bias and not make rash judgments about others. Of course, Stevens is lauded, while Williams got fired. Says a lot about how close-minded NPR is.


Interesting that a moderate conservative judge would feel this way about the mosque.


The justice is wrong!

Larry Shulman

As if we needed another reason to miss Justice Stevens on the bench. . . What an eloquent way to get to the heart of the current controversy and to stress the lesson to be learned.

Scott Jacobs

Guilt by associations with things and people you have no control over (where you were born, who you are related to, who siblings spend time with or marry) is one thing - and wrong - but guilt by associations with things you have absolute control over (your friends, clubs or organizations you may belong to) is quite another.

Because if you CHOOSE it, you must be willing to defend that choice. If I start tooling around town with a pair of child molesters, I deserve the stigma that would bring, just like being a member of a blatantly racist organization (Stormwatch, etc) should bring you public shame. You shouldn't be able to get away with "you can't assume guilt by association..." if you choose that association.

James E. Coleman, Jr.

In times of fear and anxiety, such as the one in which we are living, one would hope that a wise man like Justice Stevens would be on the Supreme Court, not recently retired from it.

I [heart] Scalia

It's better Stevens is off the Court. He is clearly misguided in his analysis. It's the offense of building a mosque on Ground Zero while we are engaged in a war against MUSLIM TERRORISTS who are responsible for bringing down the Twin Towers. If Japanese wanted to build a memorial in Pearl Harbour within a few years after the attack, wouldn't that be insensitive? Or even now, almost 70 years later? Come on


In a perfect world this reasoning would be true, but neither is the world perfect, or this reasoning sound. There is still a hole in the ground where the attack happened, and only ten years ago, at that. This war is still going on, so without a win by either side, the mosque must be viewed as tactic of propaganda. I respect the Justice's sentiment, but it is too soon and too idealistic. But hey, let them build their mosque: that way some righteously disgruntled relative of 9/11 victim can blow it up, and we can have yet more casualties. The time to forgive and forget is when the fighting is done, not while it continues. It's good that the Justice has found his peace, it should follow then that others be allowed time to find theirs.

richard collins

I believe Surpreme Court Justice Stevens gave a very sound opinion in regards to the Ground Zero Mosque. I hope people can rid themselves of predjudice and continue on a very bright path for themselves.


"'He recalled thinking, "Those people don't really belong here. We won the war, they lost it. We shouldn't allow them to celebrate their attack on Pearl Harbor.'"

Good thing he doesn't work for NPR . . . .

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