Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mayor Brainard Believes That Americans “Are a Smarter People Than to Blame a Radical Act of Terrorism on an Entire Religion”.

Yesterday, I wrote about my loss of respect for Sen. Richard Lugar because of his stance (or lack thereof) on the Park 51/“Ground Zero Mosque” issue. Today, I saw the following story about another Republican politician, Carmel's Mayor Jim Brainard. His views on the subject should be a shining example to all of us, especially politicians like Sen. Lugar:

While Carmel is a long way from New York and ground zero, the city, which is outside of Indianapolis, has a connection.

After 9/11, New York’s fire department was decimated by the losses at the World Trade Center. So Carmel, at its own expense, sent its senior fire department trainers to New York to help the NYFD quickly train new recruits to help keep the city safe.

The next year, New York sent a group of firefighters to Carmel to thank the city for its effort, says Mayor Brainard.

Brainard, who was involved in the decision to help New York, knows the World Trade Center site and some of the firefighters who worked in the days and weeks to try to recover victims' remains. He has no issues with the proposed Cordoba Initiative.

“This country was built on the premise of freedom of religion,” says Brainard, who was passing through New York on his way to speak at a conference in Qatar, a Middle East emirate. “We are a smarter people than to blame a radical act of terrorism on an entire religion.”

Bravo. Now that’s what I call leadership.

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At Monday, September 27, 2010 7:18:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brainard sold out to Obama in an attempt to get federal money for his wasteful spending. Now he is selling out to Muslims. He backs the New York mosque and went to Qatar to get money for the Palladium. This guy is a snake.

At Tuesday, September 28, 2010 9:42:00 AM , Blogger MSWallack said...


There are several things that I could say in response to your comment. But rather than addressing any of the substantive elements of your comment ("selling out to Muslims" -- really?), I'd like to query why you feel the need to hide your comments behind a wall of anonymity. You obviously have strong feelings about Mayor Brainard; well, stand up and claim those views rather than simply tossing off anonymous accusations.

And before making more unfounded accusations, why don't you try addressing the substance of Mayor Brainard's actual statement:

"This country was built on the premise of freedom of religion.... We are a smarter people than to blame a radical act of terrorism on an entire religion.”

With what part of that statement do you disagree?


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