The tide is changing in Boston, and I just love the smell of the salty sea air.
The left-of-liberal Boston Phoenix is calling for an investigation into the Boston Redevelopment Authority transfer of city land to the Islamic Society of Boston. This op-ed follows the in-depth article from two weeks ago on "Menino's Mosque." From today's op-ed:
"...The city's blind dedication to building the mosque prevented BRA officials from considering other proposals. Anyone who thinks that the area is now a thriving economic hub should look again. While notable and worthwhile development has taken place in other parts of the city — a new Prudential Center project was announced just days ago — development in and around the area of the mosque stagnated. Would the public good have been better served if, during the 10 years when the mosque projected stalled, that land was opened up to others with competing ideas? Taxpayers will never know."
"Whatever one thinks of the favorable deal the city struck with the mosque, there remains a question as to whether this is the best way for the city to conduct itself. That is why the Phoenix joins in calling for the independent Boston Municipal Research Bureau to examine the mosque deal and offer its opinion on whether this is the way the city should be conducting its development business."
"Meanwhile, the City Council should look into whether the playgrounds by the mosque are being properly maintained; the attorney general should review whether the public's business was properly transacted; and the secretary of state should seek changes in the law governing public documents, so that in the future, getting answers to questions such as these might be possible."
Them's fightin' words.
The Mayor and the City Council were negligent in their fiduciary duties, and we now have a Muslim Brotherhood front organization running the largest mosque in New England under our noses. With the taxpayers' assistance. It's not too late! I applaud the Phoenix for this strong call for an investigation.