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At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Monday, August 16, 2010

About the mosque

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This is the first amendment to our Constitution. Part of our Bill of Rights.

That is really all that needs to be said, but you know me.

If we were going to let "being offended" keep things from happening, I would not have to shamefully pass this every time I drive to Montgomery.

But that offensive huge flag is on private land so nobody raised hell about it. But I am offended and I am sure many African Americans and fair minded whites are offended by it.

We are not at war with Islam, I need to remind you. And this proposed building is not really a Mosque, it is a community center. And its not "on the site" of the fallen towers, its blocks away.

And the ground around the fallen towers is not "hallowed ground," as bars, porn shops and liquor stores surround the site. I've been there. I know.

Picture credit New York Daily News

Again, playing on fear and ignorance, the Professional Right is trying to scare people into voting for the Teabaggers. To use the words of the Bessemer conservative, "Grow Up."

Now if I were a Muslim leader in New York City I would choose another site out of compassion for the families of the vicitims of 9-11. But I doubt that the MIC (Muslim in Charge) has much compassion, as their religion is not built upon the life and teachings of a compassionate individual like ours is*. And I'm also pretty sure they love all the fuss and divisiveness they are causing. Teabaggers and Muslims on the same page, dividing this country. Lol, who'd a thunk it?

*Disclaimer: Hard to recognize that Christianity is built on the life and teachings of Jesus when you look at how they act sometimes.


lipscomb bohemian said...

well im not offended by that flag.....i am however offended by those who have appropriated it as their symbol attaching their racial hatred to it....that flag has to me never had any racial meaning whatsoever ....i do understand what you are saying nevertheless those are my feelings and i wish everyone could see it without racial meaning attached.....

Anonymous said...

I need some help with this one Joe, I am stumped.
Of course I am for the equal rights of everyone. For me as a gay man to be asking a country for equal rights and to let go of things such as Prop 8 -- and then at the same time asking for these people not to have their chance at equal right, that would make me a hypocrite.

My concern, though, is about the religion itself. What does it say about women's rights, homosexuality, or, the American way of life, in general? Someone told me that ultimately, the religion itself itself was about tearing down the things we value as Americans. I just don't know enough about the religion itself. But that statement does put a seed of fear in me that makes for reservations.