Let me preface this blog by saying I know this is as touchy of a topic as it gets. I myself have been fascinated about the ongoing debate playing out over the proposal to build a mosque a few blocks away from ground zero in New York.
A CNN poll reveals 70% of American’s say the mosque shouldn’t be built there. Twenty-nine percent say it should. Here’s the thing, how can we as American’s tell someone (or a group) they can’t build a worship center in any building that is up for sale? Being that the “First American’s” founded the country on religious tolerance and freedom, being that the “First American’s” bravely ventured into unchartered land to escape England’s tyrannts…doesn’t the idea of telling someone “NO” some 200 plus years later seem backward?
Bottom line, if we are going to live by and uphold the constitution, we can’t waiver when it doesn’t fit our opinion (though we know people challenge the law everyday). Our constitution starts with three words “We the People”…meaning ALL people. Keep in mind, just like we can’t say all Blacks are crack heads and all Whites are trash, we can’t feed into the stereotype that all Muslims are terrorist. As my colleague (Chris Hurst) put it, by allowing the mosque to go up near ground zero, wouldn’t that be the ultimate slap in the face to the monsters who tried to tear our country apart on 9-11?
Just something to think about…