Bad Idea vs Illegal

August 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm 2 comments

There’s a difference between something being a bad idea and something that is illegal.  Having 2 shots of whiskey before you leave for work? Bad idea.  Giving 2 shots of whiskey to a 1-year-old before you leave for work? Illegal.  Get it?  One of them the government steps in and draws a line that all must follow. The other one, not a good idea but part of protecting liberty and freedom is protecting what some may view as a bad idea. 

So is it a bad idea for a Muslim group to want to build a mosque so close to Ground Zero in New York City?  Yup…It’s a bad idea.  Is it illegal?   Hell no. 

One test is the ole “it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my bones“.  

From a GOVERNMENT standpoint, we have a little something called freedom of religion in this country. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  That should be the end of the story from the ‘this mosque should be illegal’ viewpoint. 

Lastly, if we were to outlaw religions based on the crimes committed by its followers, all the mono-theistic religions would be outlawed, Christianity included (the Inquisition alone would be enough, but you can add in the child molesting and the extremist groups, too). 

Gingrich wrote (for the ‘No’ crowd, of course – always the ‘no’): “The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over,” he wrote, adding that the decision over whether to build the facility was “a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites.”

On the other side, Bloomberg praises the firefighters for not asking for the religious beliefs or political goals of those in the building – but went on to say the firefighters who died in the 2001 attacks had done so to protect the constitution. Whoa!  I hate to see admirable acts twisted around for political gain (even politics I agree with). 

No, they didn’t die protecting the Constitution.  They died trying to save lives. Politics never for a second entered their minds.  It couldn’t have because they didn’t know what happened.  This is an example of politicizing the attack.  Had they known it was an attack by Muslim extremists, would they have not gone into the building in order to further their (perceived) political goals?  They did what they did because that’s what firefighters DO.  They’re heroes.  End of story and there’s no need to wrap it in a flag or an eagle or religion or the Constititution.  Had the firefighters been Hindus stationed near a burning building in Uruguay, they would have done the same thing.  Their actions were part of their heroic makeup and their soul/spirit would have done the same thing regardless of religion or national origin. 

That being said…
Bloomberg makes a good point that this kind of fear, intolerance, and bigotry is the goal of the religious extermists/terrorists. Blocking all Muslim activity near this site DOES play right into the hands of those who would persecute you for your fears.  Watch this site?  Sure.  But to deny it out of fear of a mosque and fear that they’re going to gain something…THAT is what is truly timid. Throwing out what some of the best of America is made of for racism and fear is exactly the goal of the attacks.  Help them fan the flames – and you’re helping the terrorists. 

And if you think that all Muslims are terrorists, then it doesn’t matter where they build a mosque – not really.  If they’re all terrorists plotting attacks…then what’s the difference between a few blocks and a few miles?  Nothing…

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks wasn’t special or distinctive enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners also said that other buildings from the era were better examples of the building’s style.

Unanimous??  That’s a REALLY strong message about the legality of it. 

One opponent, Linda Rivera of Manhattan, held up a sign reading, “Don’t glorify murders of 3,000. No 9/11 victory mosque.”

Then we shouldn’t build Christian churches near sites of Christian attacks?  Is there a Christian church near the Okalahoma City bombing site – that was bombed by a Christian who hated the US Govt.  C’mon… We don’t condemn all members of a race because of actions of some. We don’t blame all Christians for the acts of Christian extremists.
Also Gingrich: There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.”

That is….wow.  That’s…  I’m not even going to address that.  I can only say…Wow – what can of idiots have this idiot as their idiot-in-charge.  It reminds me of the lead do-do bird in Ice Age.  If he and his party want a theocracy – get the fuck out of the United States of America becuase that’s not what our government does here.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris McReynolds  |  August 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

    “Then we shouldn’t build Christian churches near sites of Christian attacks?”

    Are you serious?

  • 2. goearth  |  September 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Am I seriously asking a question in response to the statement that it’s a “victory mosque”? Yes – that is my question to those who believe it’s a victory mosque being celebrated by all Muslims.

    Am I making a statement that we should not build religious buildings of any kind near any type of terrorist site? No, I’m illustrating the hypocrisy of the statement above it.

    As written, if you think that all Muslims are terrorists, then it doesn’t really matter if it’s 6 blocks or 6 miles.


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