Do we have problem with a religion that has as one of its fundamental precepts, the concept of a Jihad (holy war), a call to fight against non-Muslims in the defense of Islam?
We all know that Time’s story is a reaction to New Yorkers protesting the building of an Islamic place of worship (a mosque) within spitting distance of the former World Trade Center.
And we also know that the real reason for opposition to a mosque near ground zero is that since Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center, opponents don’t want an Islamic community center near the site.
Remember, my bleeding heart liberal (and apparently forgetful) friends at Time, that followers of Islam did this:
less than ten years ago!
The feelings of outrage are perfectly understandable.
And remember, this is a people who seem to have nothing to do all day but protest us!
Do these guys ever work?
Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York's Ground Zero.
The President is right. The Muslims do have the right to do this.
I also believe that the borough of Manhattan has the right to forbid it.
There are those who would be up in arms waiting to debate me right now (if they were reading this). After all, I am opposing the mosque based on religion.
But the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow discrimination based on religion. Right?
What does the Constitution say about religion?
It says, and I quote, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
If Mayor Bloomberg were to forbid the use of the site for a Muslim place of worship, even if he were to be forthright about the reason, I do not see where that would equate with “Congress making a law respecting and establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
In the fall of 2001, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) wrote a letter to a music magazine asking Americans to remember that not all Muslims practice hate, and his letter touched me.
And I agree with him. Americans must learn tolerance and forgiveness.
But if this mosque is constructed, it is rubbing Islam in the face of the largest city in the US, reminding them of the largest military invasion on the east coast, an invasion where the wounds are only now starting to heal.
It’s simply too soon to expect that much forgiveness, that much tolerance.
The mosque may be built.
Another federal judge who is a traitor to the Constitution may make an unconstitutional ruling (as has happened in AZ and CA recently) in the name of political correct-ness and to support the goals of the Council on Foreign Relations.
If so, there will be tension in New York for a long time. More fuel to the jingoistic fires that keep us fighting a useless war in the Middle East.
Just like the power behind Obama's throne wants it.