Al Franken chides Islamophobes opposing Cordoba House

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Al Franken warns Republicans about Muslim point guards on the basketball court.
Sen. Al Franken, fresh off a BB gun attack on his condo, took some time out yesterday from the rubber chicken circuit in Illinois to mock the Islamophobes making political hay over a Muslim community center planned for a few blocks from Ground Zero:

"I don't know how many of you have been to New York, but if a building is two blocks away from anything, you can't see it. It's a community center. They're going to have a gym. They're going to have point guards. Muslim point guards."

Franken told the crowd gathered to support local Democrats. "They (Republicans) do this every two years. They try to find a wedge issue, and they try to work it."

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's certainly working it. He went on Fox News the other day to rip the Cordoba Center as insensitive and unpatriotic because it was so close to hallowed ground already rubbing shoulders with street vendors selling trinkets made in China, bars, fast food eateries, a strip joint -- and churches, of course.

He scorned one of its leaders too -- a guy originally hired by President George W. Bush's State Department to travel the world and insist that Americans really don't hate Muslims. (Imam Rauf was also invited to speak at a memorial service for Daniel Pearl.)

Franken, who lived in New York City for years while working on "Saturday Night Live," called opposition to the center "one of the most disgraceful things that I've heard."

Meanwhile, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was on Larry King and Democracy Now yesterday reminding Americans ready to ditch the Constitution that their Muslim brethren have the same rights as anyone else.

And when Fox 9's Jeff Passolt suggested to the congressman that Muslims were being insensitive, he shot back: "You would not want me to put your constitutional rights up for popular approval."

"You're right about that," Passolt said.

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