On Wednesday night, Colorado progressive author and AM 760 radio host David Sirota squared off in front of a sold out crowd with KHOW's Peter Boyles and AM 850 conservative radio host and Denver Post columnist Mike Rosen for a debate on a range of issues. When the topic turned to Park 51, the Islamic cultural center proposed in lower Manhattan -- the dreaded “ground zero mosque” as right-wingers call it -- things really took a turn to the extreme (emphasis added):
SIROTA: We are supposed to have a country that has religious freedom. My ancestors came here because of religious freedom. A lot of people came here because of religious freedom and I think saying that the acts of --
MODERATOR: 10 seconds.
SIROTA: -- 18 people on 9-11 represents 1.5 billion Muslims across the land and trying to use that to spur Islamaphobia is grotesque.
MODERATOR: Time. Mike, 30 seconds.
ROSEN: I think they should be allowed to build it followed by the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens.
There you have it -- a very prominent regional conservative talk radio host advocating for another terrorist attack in New York City. See, the fight over Park 51 was all about Islamic insensitivity, it had nothing to do with hatred for all Muslims. What a crock.
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