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Powell: If I won, I'd be doing Rangel 'a favor'

New York Assemblyman and candidate for Congress Adam Clayton Powell IV (D) was on ABC's 'Top Line' Tuesday to discuss the New York City mosque and his upcoming primary election against embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel.

When asked about the mosque, Powell sided with President Obama. "I completely agree with President Obama," Powell said. "We live in a nation that cherishes its religious freedoms." Powell compared opposition to the mosque to racial profiling in airports. "If it were a synagogue or church, nobody would be complaining, and I don't think this is a fair issue. Imagine if you were Muslim. How would you feel about it?"

Powell continued, saying that the opposition is "making the charges between the Muslim religion and the 9/11 attacks. That's a very, dangerous, dangerous slippery slope. We should not make that connection."

Powell was then called to weigh in on Rangel's ethics woes. "The fact is that I believe I would be doing him a favor if I win on Sept. 14, because if that happens, obviously, then all of his ethical issues go away," Powell said. "The fact is that everyone knows a change is coming. The question is, "When, and who, will replace Charlie Rangel?" And we're very ready to answer those questions, and I'm prepared for a big victory on Sept. 14."

When asked about Rangel's recent birthday fete, Powell was quick to tout his street cred during the event, "I was at a subway station, and listening to the people," Powell said. "Obviously -- and you know, they're so appalled by seeing Charlie Rangel dancing on stage, like if nothing had happened, like there's nothing wrong going on. And the fact is, it's very arrogant and people are turned off by that."

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By Emi Kolawole  |  August 17, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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Hey, Powell, I didn't see any Baptists or Methodists or Catholics, or Buddhists, or Presbyterians among those who killed 3,000 innocent civilians on 9/11. Did you? The bombers were all radical Islam followers.

Do you know why the Islamic boosters of this mosque first named it Cordoba House? Look at your history books.

Cordoba is a "great" name for Islam folks. That's a city in Spain where the Moors (almost all believers of Islam) defeated the Visigoths (other religions).

Then, Cordoba became the capital of a Muslim Caliphate (part of the system of government among Muslims).

So Cordoba House in NYC in the shadow of Ground Zero was to be a rallying point, a reminder to Muslims that radical Islam followers were victorious over the U.S. on 9/11.

Understand their motive for the mosque in this location and you'll realize why Imam Rauf is NOT a "bridge builder" but a booster of radical Islam. And why the mosque should NOT be here.

Let the local leaders of Islam talk to Governor Patterson and locate their mosque elsewhere.

Posted by: RonKH | August 17, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

We have freedom of religion in the United States. The pilgrims came to America to escape a state run religion. How can we stand for that freedom and uphold the Constitution while denying any religion the right to build on private property? And check the map . . it is not at ground zero, it's two blocks away. I support President Obama and Adam Powell IV, for standing up for what's right, and not just what seems to be popular . . . so was slavery for many.

Posted by: DaniAnnie | August 17, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

We have freedom of religion in the United States. The pilgrims came to America to escape a state run religion. How can we stand for that freedom and uphold the Constitution while denying any religion the right to build on private property? And check the map . . it is not at ground zero, it's two blocks away. I support President Obama and Adam Powell IV, for standing up for what's right, and not just what seems to be popular . . . so was slavery for many.

Posted by: DaniAnnie | August 17, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

It is utterly mindless to apply the unthinking to apply our take-all-comers immigration policy ahead of common sense, and suggest that it justifies the building of a mosque at ground zero. While the link between Islam and terrorism isn't universal to all Muslims, it is more deeply ingrained than in any other religious group, its growing, and there's as yet no indication that the less radical Muslims will do anything to effectively police their radical brethren. Comparing this to other religions as apples to apples is political grandstanding and flies in the face of experience and common sense. I voted for Obama. I care not at all that his background ties to muslim origins. But this is about common sense and sensitivity, and I will actively contribute against and vote against any politician who suggests that a Mosque built at ground zero is anything other than undeserved and inflammatory.

Posted by: DrP1 | August 17, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm inclined to agree that Powell would be doing Rangel a favor by winning.

Posted by: Artisan1 | August 17, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Note his comments indicate consideration for how Muslims feel. What about those non-Muslims which constituted the majority of those killed on 9/11? Oh yeah, we hear that Muslims were also killed, except no proof of any except for the hijackers.

Posted by: bebopaloubop | August 17, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Have an idea based upon the corrupt performance of Congress in recent years:
*Reduce Congressional Member's and staff's pay and perks by 15%, and permit increases only when spending is cut to equal revenue.
*Reduce expenditures by the Executive Branch for the next four years to the average expenditure for the past ten years.
*Average tax increases (including the hidden taxes) inacted by Congress, reduce their congressional retirement accounts by a like percentage.
*Develop a rule in the House and Senate that there will be ZERO nepotism in either body, and under any circumstance. (This is the height of ‘double dipping’
Then, and only then should the little fiefdoms in DC be permitted to tax it's citizens further -- including banks! We could call it the Rangel – Waters Act!

Posted by: wheeljc | August 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

How would I feel if I were a Muslim?

Really upset about that bacon cheeseburger I had for lunch.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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