Wednesday, August 4, 2010
One of the things that I promised myself when I started this blog was that I would be true to my own voice. I have watched, read and listened to all the talk about the Mosque and Cultural Center that will be built just blocks away from Ground Zero. Most of the right is against and most of the left is for. Many of the arguments that I have heard against it don't hold true to our values as Americans.
I have seen pictures of the protests with signs saying that when we can build a church in Mecca they can build a mosque at ground zero. What exactly is that saying? To me people are saying that because the Saudis are intolerant that is ok for us to be intolerant as well. That is, at best, twisted logic. Our constitution guarantees the freedom of religion. There is no way around that.
I remember right after 9/11 many around the country said that by changing who we are is giving the terrorists exactly what they wanted. Where did that thought process go? Isn't this the same thing? Is it that we really want to change our beliefs to stave off a "Muslim invasion"?
Today I was reading about Mayor Bloomberg's comments and watched the video on Another Black Conservative. He actually made a very articulate argument against the mosque being built. I applaud his thoughtfulness in his post.
I also came across another at Verum Serum that I really agree with. The mosque is insensitive, the Imam is troubling, the location that they chose borders on the perverse, yet it is perfectly legal. While I understand the misgivings that many have, we must remain true to our constitution and to our values. If we allow the terrorists to take that away from us out of fear, than we may as well wave the white flag and declare them the winners. I realize that this is not going to be a popular belief among conservatives, but adherence to our constitution must always come first. So go ahead and let me have it, but think for just a second about what I am trying to say first. Our freedoms must come first.