You've probably heard by now how Councilman Bill DeSteph sent a letter to the Mayor of New York City opposing a mosque and community center adjacent to Ground Zero, claiming to speak for the City of Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have a few thoughts to chip in I haven't heard elsewhere yet.
First, if DeSteph wants to become Zoning Administrator of NYC, let him. We can even throw in a training course by Karen Lasley if it will get that embarrassment out of town.
Second, he attacks the Imam for espousing sharia. Would Bill expect a Catholic to repudiate canon law? It's essentially the same thing, Bill.
Third, if DeSteph thinks New York City affairs should be decided in Virginia Beach, why not the other way around? Bill and his VBTA comrades in arms have been clamoring for a light rail referendum. Fine, we'll let New York City vote on our system. ("You mean you don't have a train in Virginia?!?")
Fourth, DeSteph and his friends can get high and holy about property rights. In this case, the Muslims already own the building. The hypocrisy is thick!