Again with the Saudi Arabia Comparisons…
Ok, Saudi Arabia has less freedom than the US. Why do some people think that should form the basis of an argument about appropriate behavior in the US?
Following in the footsteps of Newt Gingrich and Andrew McCarthy, the editorial board of the Washington Examiner, have deployed the Saudis as some sort of measuring stick for behavior in the realm of liberty:
There are 100 mosques in New York City: Will 100 Christian churches ever be permitted in places like Riyadh and Kabul?
First, the answer is probably not, if not certainly not.
Second, what does that prove?
Why does anyone think that this constitutes an argument, let alone a good one?
Indeed, since that is the last line of the editorial it would appear that the editorialist thought that it was something of a self-evident slam dunk.
Forget for a minute one’s view on the broader questions about Park51 and tell me why the Saudi Arabia comparison is supposed to be some kind of evidence or support for, well, anything.