A question regarding the mosque at Ground Zero

Today the East Mountain Tea Party, with the help of Conservative Code Red, questioned the Candidates for House District 1 regarding their position concerning the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.

Here is the statement from Jon Barela’s office:

Jon Barela feels it is a bad idea to build a mosque near the site of
Ground Zero in New York. It is hurtful and insensitive to the families,
and he thinks they should build it somewhere else.”

We were unable to get a statement from Martin Heinrich’s office, so we presented him with a letter:

August 17, 2010
Honorable Martin Heinrich
Congressman, NM-01
20 First Plaza NW, Suite 603
Albuquerque, NM 87102
RE: Mosque at Ground Zero

Dear Congressman Heinrich:

On Friday, August 13, President Obama indicated his support for the mosque being built near Ground Zero in New York City. Despite the conflicting remarks the next day, a spokesman reaffirmed President Obama’s position quoted from the White House Iftar Dinner Friday.

In light of President Obama’s remarks supporting the building of a mosque at the hallowed site of the worst terrorist attack in American history, we, the undersigned and your constituents, are requesting your position as to whether you support or oppose the building of the mosque at Ground Zero.

We would appreciate a speedy response, in letter form, addressing your official position on this very important issue to your constituents. 

We eagerly await your reply.


Char Tierney
Therese Cooper
Silvana Lupetti
Felicia Wilson

Therese Cooper and Felicia Wilson present Martin Heinrich’s
office with a letter asking him to state his position on the
mosque being built by Ground Zero in New York.


8 Responses to “A question regarding the mosque at Ground Zero”

  1. Chuck Ring Says:

    The Representative’s aide does not look happy.

  2. Keith Says:

    His position is consistent with the Constitution of the United States, and with his position as a Congressman of the state of New Mexico, per a press release to KOB TV. It’s none of his business. It’s none of the Tea Party’s, either.

    If your movement is truly concerned with the reach of government into the lives of ordinary Americans, this issue is unimportant.

  3. teapartynm Says:

    I have to disagree with you, Keith. Of course it is our business. It is constitutional, but it is a bad idea. It is an issue of the heart. I thought that Jon Barela’s statement, “it is hurtful, and insensitive” said it well. Yes, it will be incredibly hurtful to the family members of the victims of that attack. Our firefighters, the first responders, gave their lives that day in noble defense of the people in the building, whether they were Muslim or Christian, or had no religion at all. And “ordinary Americans” as you say, care about the needless suffering this mosque would bring to the rest of the ordinary Americans, the families of those we lost that day.

  4. Brad Johnson Says:

    Dozens of Muslims were killed on 9/11.

  5. Therese Says:

    How could it not be our business?? Tea Party = Americans. 2,740 Americans died on 9/11. Our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, husbands, wifes, grandparents, lives were ended, murdered. It is for them that we do not allow that mosque to be built there. And if what they are saying is true, it’s “for healing” then they would back off and build it elsewhere.

  6. John Weckerle Says:

    This is too complex a subject to address in a comment, so we’ve decided to expand upon it at New Mexico Central. We have, of course, linked back to your article. Thanks!

  7. teapartynm Says:

    So cold, so cold, so cold.

    Absolutely Muslims have a right to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Should they do so? NO. To do so is heartless and deliberately provocative to Americans across the nation who suffered that day and in the days that followed, who had witnessed people jumping from windows to escape the heat and the horror, who witnessed the anguish of others as they posted pictures and flowers and fought through crowds seeking for word any word, of their lost loved ones. Remember the suffering of the news anchorwoman who cried out in pain and dropped to her knees when she was asked for news of a friend that she hadn’t known was in the buildings?

    We have not forgotten. We have not yet forgiven. Perhaps in time, this will pass and we will feel differently. But in the meantime, this IS an issue to Americans. We love the families who were left behind and we do not want more harm to come to them, nor to the memory of their loved ones. We honor our fallen, many who fought their way up the stairs, determined to rescue. To even think of putting a mosque there, from the cordova (victory in Islam) group, is totally unacceptable.

    It is an issue for the election because it is an issue from the heart of America. What is the opinion of the man or woman running for office in your district? Let them answer this question, and you will get a good look at what angle they will come from in other issues

  8. John Weckerle Says:

    Your comment has been answered at NM-Central.com

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