And yes, in case you hadn’t guessed, some of the groups leading the charge against Cordoba House have previously fought hard in court to prevent local zoning from being used to prevent church-building. I guess they hold religious liberty and private property rights as purely tactical ploys: Â which is pretty much what I’d always suspected. It doesn’t bother me to find the usual Christocrats pulling this crap; but it’s deeply depressing to find what used to be the Anti-Defamation League joining in the defamation.
Footnote And where’s the anti-Kelo crowd? If any of the folks who wanted to more or less lynch Justice Souter has spoken out against denying a property owner the right to build a structure of his choice on the land he has bought, I have yet to see it. Megan McArdle sneers at Michael Bloomberg – a hero in my book – for having “suddenly discovered that there are some restrictions on the government’s ability toÂ dictate the uses ofÂ private property,” and Glenn Reynolds links approvingly. But if either of them, or any of the Volokh Conspirators, has protested at the appalling carnival of bigotry now being played out, I must have missed it. Â Jacob Sullum at Reason and Steve Chapman seem to be holding the fort alone for consistent supporters of individual and property rights.