Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich minced no words Monday morning when he called organizers of the "Ground Zero Mosque" "radical Islamists" seeking "supremacy."
He went on to say that building an Islamic cultural center two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center towers would be akin to Nazis putting up signs near the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
"Look this is not about the right -- first of all, there are over a hundred mosques in New York City. So people have the right to free religion, if they want it. I've said it openly, if they want to build this mosque in the South Bronx, I'm all for it," Gingrich told the hosts of Fox & Friends. "Gov. Paterson has offered them state land -- which, interestingly, I don't know of any state that has offered a church or a synagogue free land -- but he's tried to solve the problem by getting them away from the site.
Gingrich continued: "The folks who want to build this mosque -- who are really radical Islamists who want to triumphally prove that they can build a mosque right next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by radical Islamists -- those folks don't have any interest in reaching out to the community. They're trying to make a case about supremacy. That's why they won't go anywhere else, that's why they won't accept any other offer."
"And I think we ought to be honest about the fact that we have a right -- and this happens all the time in America. You know, Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There's no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center."
Gingrich also attempted to draw similar connections between the proposed Islamic cultural center and Nazi propaganda over the weekend, comments that his former Republican colleague and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blasted on Monday morning.
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