The Last Word on Ground Zero Mosque

The first line of the first amendment to the US Constitution reads as follows:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
That’s it.
Our founding fathers were reacting to the practice in Old England of attempting  to have an official religion that everyone was required to follow; therefore, we have freedom of religion in the USA.

For the last couple of weeks, the US Constitution has been treated like a day old  NY Times copy used to wrap fish or line a canary cage. Everyone has been interpreting it for their own purpose and really just making a mess of the whole thing.

Of course, all the hubbub is about the proposed Islamic Community Center or  Muslim Mosque that is supposedly going to be built within sight of the former World Trade Center, devastated so tragically on September 11, 2001, killing thousands of people and forever changing the security landscape of our country.

Supporters of building the Islamic Center or Muslim Mosque near what is known as Ground Zero, point to the US being built upon freedom of religion.

Opponents of the effort point to the fact that building an Islamic Center or
Muslim Mosque in that area is insensitive to the city of New York, the families of the dead and to the country overall, because it was Islamic or Muslim extremists who plotted and carried out the horrific events of 9/11.

We must look like idiots to the rest of the world right now. Even our President came off sounding “John Kerry-ish” this week, being vigorously for it before he was somewhat against it.

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, there was a similar outpouring of grief among Americans and many people harbored ill feelings towards the Japanese people.
It took several generations to get over that, the Japanese are our great friends and allies now, we buy billions of dollars of Japanese products every year, but I am sure you can still find some people in their late 70s and 80s who still feel the sting of pain and resentment.

If you Google …..Memorial to Japan at Pearl Harbor……. you will get zero
results.

To be against the building of an Islamic Center or Muslim Mosque near Ground Zero, as I am, is not denying anyone freedom of religion. New York is a big city, there are many, many places that an Islamic Center or Muslim Mosque can be built. It doesn’t have to be in such close proximity to an area that is the cause of so much pain and suffering to Americans of all races, religions and creeds.

It’s only been nine years, the new World Trade Center is still under seemingly endless construction, Americans have not had time to heal yet.

If the people behind this project truly observe a religion that they say
represents peace and understanding, then they should put the land up for sale, take the money and go build their Islamic Center or Muslim Mosque someplace else in New York.

Is that really too much to ask?

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