Monday, August 09, 2010
Read the entire Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, and substitute "Cordoba Initiative mosque" for "LDS temple," and "New York City" for "Philadelphia," and you might have had a national story about First Amendment rights, and private property rights (albeit without the critical and emotional 9/11 component). Instead, it is just a run-of-the-mill shakedown by a city government. Or, as Micheal Corleone would put it, "It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business."
Due to the failure to develop, I can see why the city might have tried to get something out of the deal, but surely the temple would have brought in more over time than they could have got out of the owner.