But Where Does It End?

There has been growing controversy and outrage of the proposed site of a new mosque in Lower Manhattan. There are plans to place a mosque near the former World Trade Center. As you are well aware, on September 11, 2001 terrorist crashed two planes into the twin towers in the name of Allah. Because of the Terrorists claims that they were acting on behalf of Islam folks are understandably upset and horrified at even the possibility of these plans being realized. I suppose I understand their angst and the arguments make sense to me.

"First They Came for the Communist" by Martin Niemoller seems apropos for this conversation:


First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

America has been and should continue to be a nation of law. We are a nation founded with the understanding that folks with any religious view or no religious view at all are welcome here. Welcome to practice their faith free from intervention from their government. Whenever I hear of the government overreaching in regards to religion it gives me pause. Oh, I am sure that it is fine when they overreach when it involves the other religions, like Muslims, Jews or the Atheists. But if we allow for the government to discriminate against them, who will speak up and protest when they tell us that we can't build our churches. Since when is it an American value to infringe upon the rights of Americans simply because a large group thinks that it is OK?

I am aware that emotions are still raw regarding the terrorists attack on America. I am aware that the terrorists said that they were acting on behalf of God. I am aware that 3,000 folks (including Muslims) lost their lives at the hand of those brutal terrorists. I am also aware that at the core of who were are, we love freedom. Americans do not indict entire groups (with some exceptions--Japanese Interment Camps, McCarthy, etc.) based on the misdeeds of some.

These are the hard things that separate Americans. We are a people who cherish the Constitution of the United States of America. We are a people who believe that rights apply to all Americans, even when the majority of Americans may disagree.

Where does it end? Who will speak for me when they come after the Christians?

I say, build the Mosque...if for no other reason than to say to the terrorists: You will not make us like you. We choose to love and not hate. We choose to add value and not take it away. We choose life over death.

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