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Help! Help! The paranoids are after me!

   I told you we shouldn't have let those guys from The New York Times into our Editorial Board meeting a couple of weeks ago.
   They must have bugged the place. How else would they have known to run their editorial take-down of Rick Lazio, the leading [for now] Republican candidate for governor, on the same day The Buffalo News Opinion page carried an Another Voice column by the self same Lazio?

- Attorney general should investigate mosque funding - Rick Lazio/Another Voice/The Buffalo News
   ... Given the imam’s statements and his reported ties to radical organizations, it would seem like a fair Laziocloseup question to ask, especially when a spokesman for the imam wouldn’t rule out taking money from Iran. Furthermore, it’s also fair to ask why, exactly, Rauf has demanded that the mosque be built so close to ground zero. This is, first and foremost, a security issue. New Yorkers deserve to be safe and to feel safe, and we have a right to know who’s footing the bill for Rauf’s mega mosque.

- Mr. Lazio’s Bid for Attention - New York Times Editorial
   The former congressman Rick Lazio may be the front-runner in the Republican primary race for New York governor, but he lags far behind the Democratic nominee, Andrew Cuomo, in both the polls and fund-raising. That may explain, but can never excuse, his increasingly hysterical attacks on plans to build an Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from ground zero.
   At least they didn't call him Little Ricky again.

- A Test of Tolerance - Christopher Hitchens/Slate
  Emboldened by the crass nature of the opposition to the center, its defenders have started to talk as if it represented no problem at all and as if the question were solely one of religious tolerance. It would be nice if this were true. But tolerance is one of the first and most awkward questions raised by any examination of Islamism. We are wrong to talk as if the only subject was that of terrorism. As Western Europe has already found to its cost, local Muslim leaders have a habit, once they feel strong enough, of making demands of the most intolerant kind. Sometimes it will be calls for censorship of anything "offensive" to Islam. Sometimes it will be demands for sexual segregation in schools and swimming pools. The script is becoming a very familiar one. And those who make such demands are of course usually quite careful to avoid any association with violence. They merely hint that, if their demands are not taken seriously, there just might be a teeny smidgeon of violence from some other unnamed quarter …

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  -- George Pyle/The Buffalo News