We were only kidding last week when we headlined an item “Bring Back HUAC.” The reference was to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, disbanded in 1975, and we were poking fun at the tendency of today’s liberals to label anyone who disagrees with them “un-American.” In the case of the Ground Zero mosque, that would mean the vast majority of Americans are un-American.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, seems to have taken our little joke seriously. Politico reports that “Pelosi on Tuesday said she supports an investigation of groups opposing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York”:
Pelosi told San Francisco’s KCBS radio that “there is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.”
“I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”
The Washington Post’s crack mosque reporter Greg Sargent swung into action and obtained a “clarification” from Pelosi’s office:
It was a bit unclear what she was referring to, and now her office sends over a statement from her clarifying what she meant and sort of standing by what she said:
“The freedom of religion is a Constitutional right. Where a place of worship is located is a local decision.
“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’ . . .”
Sargent, who has a preternatural ability to find clarity amid mud, adds: “Pelosi doesn’t seem to be calling for some kind of government investigation into the mosque’s critics, as thrilling as that would be to some on the right.” Nothing to see here, just move along.
But wait. What is this about “a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center”? Pelosi agrees with Rick Lazio, a Republican candidate for governor of New York, who last month called on his Democratic rival, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to investigate the mosque’s funding. The Associated Press reported last month on the reaction to Lazio’s call for transparency:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it would be un-American to investigate a mosque that is planned for construction near where the World Trade Center once stood.
Perhaps when Pelosi reconstitutes HUAC, its first order of business will be to look into Bloomberg’s allegation that the speaker of the House is engaging in un-American activities.