Tuesday, August 31, 2010

To Mosque or not to Mosque; that is the question

As of late there has been a ton of coverage from both sides of the ball about the proposed Mosque being built near Ground Zero. This is America. There is freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Isn't it a right to practice the religion of your choice in this land without the fear of persecution? Weren't these rights some of the main foundation that our country was founded on and pushed forward by our forefathers? So do Muslims have the right to build this place symbolizing their religious beliefs? Yes they do.

However, just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. I am against the construction of the mosque. Period. I think it is wrong and it is in poor taste and judgment. There is plenty of other land where a mosque can be built. Why does it have to be there?

I am sure the families of the 2900 plus people that died on that day want to go to the place their loved one was murdered and see a shrine to the religion of the people who are responsible. I am not saying that all Muslims are terrorists. They are not. No more than everyone with a Confederate flag is a racist. They are not. But I am sure if you asked the family of a black person who was murdered by some sheet wearing racist, they may have a problem with tribute to the Confederacy at the sight of the murder. I am sure the Kennedy's are not against shooting ranges but they probably don't want one in Dealey Plaza. I wonder if the people of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii would mind the construction of a monument to the Japanese Air force.

Our country has become such a nation full of people that are so afraid to speak up because they may offend someone. If you do speak up you are a peace hater, trouble maker, racist hate monger. I think that is a crock of crap. Steaming, corn filled, fly buzzing around it crap. Yes the Muslims in that area have the right, but it is not right. It is like given your Grandma an open mouth kiss. Sure you can, but it's not right. I am thankful there was a time in our great nation when people did stand up and speak their mind. They went against the flow. They did what was right even if it was not popular.

There are times when you have to do that. If not, before you know what has happened you have given everything away to make sure no one was offended. This one of those times. Build your mosque, just not there.

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