Let’s Get Ready To Wharrgarbl!

Headline: Owners of Park51 project apply for $5,000,000 in Federal redevelopment funds designed to encourage development in downtown Manhattan after 9/11.

Reaction: Wharrgarbl!

Examples of resulting wharrgarbl may be found in all the predictable places, like here, and here. And the outrage can really die down — the chances of this money actually being awarded are low, low, low.

But for the record, I think we have better things to do with Federal money than this. Not out of any particular distaste for Islam on my part, but rather out of a particular dislike for Federal money being used to help build any house of worship, anywhere, whether directly or indirectly.

That, and the fact that we don’t have a budget surplus with which to enjoy questions of which private projects deserve public support. Our government can’t afford to be doing things like this right now, for anyone.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.