Asked about Gov. Phil Bredesen's rather tepid defense of religious freedom yesterday, Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said:
“That’s a good statement, but perhaps it would have been more beneficial coming earlier and also coming earlier in the repudiation of the voices of bigotry that have been very loud in this debate."
In response, Bredesen press secretary Lydia Lenker pointed out "the governor wasn’t asked for his thoughts by the media until yesterday," as if Bredesen can't put out a press release or give a speech expressing his thoughts at any time.
Hooper also commented on Mike McWherter's standard response to any question about mosques, that "you can’t just drop these into the middle of a very quiet neighborhood and expect the same quality of life.” Hooper called that "very strange—you know, kind of like we don’t want any more black families in the neighborhood because more might come in.”