Mosque, And Constitution

The mosque at ground zero has been a huge issue for political news stations. Both sides bring up some points that I feel need to be addressed. Some are good… Some are not so good. For today’s blog post, I will explore both sides(as always) and come up with an unbiased conclusion(surprise!).

Turning on any political news station means running into a segment about this issue. Why are people so concerned with a Mosque being built on ground zero? When I watch the news, it is filled with video footage of people with signs protesting the Mosque being built. It is obvious that these people are offended by it, and that cannot be changed. But should these people be offended by it? I don’t think so.

That really is the only argument I am aware of against the building of the Mosque, so I’m not sure how I can explore that side of the argument any further. It is obvious that it has little depth, and becomes very flimsy when we get the constitution involved. It doesn’t matter if the majority of New York doesn’t want the Mosque being built near ground zero, it doesn’t even matter if 100% of the American population doesn’t want it being built. Their constitution states that they have a right to protest, but it also equally states that the Muslims have exactly the same rights to build the Mosque.

I don’t think that America should be restricted to one religion, and I don’t think that certain religions should be restricted. Sure, I can think that the Phelps family are a bunch of ignorant bigots, but they are well within their rights. All of the protests they do are peaceful. Well, not exactly what I would call peaceful, but they do not get violent with their protests. A private school can restrict black people to join it, but there is nothing wrong with that according to our constitution. I believe that we must not only support issues, but also have the ability to be able to protest them. This is what sets us(as North Americans) apart from most of the world. As former republican Bloomberg stated, we can’t always do what is easy, but we must do what is right.

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4 Responses to Mosque, And Constitution

  1. Tom says:

    Unless you’re a legal positivist, simply because something is legal doesn’t mean that it’s right. I have the legal right to picket military funerals with obscene messages (ie: like the Phelps family), but that doesn’t mean I am morally right in doing it. As G. K. Chesterton observed, “to have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”

  2. Nocterro says:

    It’s not even a mosque – it’s a community center with a prayer space on top. When’s the last time you saw a mosque with a basketball court?

    Furthermore, reductio time:

    Would anyone object to a Christian church being built a few blocks from the site of an abortion clinic bombing by a radical Christian? Probably not.

    Finally, people don’t realize that many muslims were in the towers during the attack. Here’s a partial list:

    http://islam.about.com/blvictims.htm

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