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Should We Toss our Freedoms Away in Support of Common Decency?By Robert M. Collinsworth Salem-News.com
The Mosque debate is about two issues: Freedom of Religion and Common Decency.
(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - Freedom of Religion is a right guaranteed by our constitution. Anyone who has read my articles in the past knows that I believe the rights granted by our constitution are sacred. This right is no exception!
Should those U.S. citizens who practice the religion of Islam have the right to build a mosque where they want? In my opinion, yes! I make no exceptions or qualifications to that answer. We cannot and should not make exceptions to when the rights granted by our constitution are honored or for which U.S. citizens we support these rights. Constitutional rights are to be honored this time and every time for any and all U.S. citizens regardless of race, creed, sex, or country of national origin. NO EXCEPTIONS!
The Constitution was created to identify, itemize, and protect the rights of ALL United States citizens. There is no statement in the constitution that says “for Christians only” or “Except for Muslims”. If we start making this type of distinction or exception, we might as well burn the Constitution because the freedoms granted by it will soon be only a memory. Once an individual is granted U.S. citizenship, their rights should be inviolate.
Now to the second issue . . . Common Decency. Those of us who are sensitive to the feelings and injuries of others, understand why so many people, especially in the Manhattan area, are so firmly against the construction of a Mosque so close to what has become known as “Ground Zero”. Friends, relatives, co-workers, and fellow citizens were killed by people who have been identified as members of radical Islam. It must be difficult for those still hurting from their losses to focus on the word radical and separate it from the word Islam. In the minds of those children whose father or mother will never return home because of what took place on that day, building a Mosque that close to the site where their parent was murdered would be akin to building a Ku Klux Klan enrollment center at the site where Martin Luther King was killed. It is a common decency issue. In my opinion, consideration should be given to the feelings of those who lost so much on that day, by those funding and/or supporting the construction of the Mosque.
Should those U.S. citizens wanting to build the Mosque be denied the right to do so? Once again, I must say NO . . . they should not be denied that right! Should those same U.S. citizens who want to build the Mosque consider another, further distant site in deference to the losses suffered at ground zero on 9-11 . . . In my opinion, YES . . . they certainly should! Building a Mosque that close to ground zero is in absolutely poor taste and is horribly inconsiderate of the losses suffered there on 9-11.
Bottom line, however, the rights of U.S. citizens are clear and propriety does not enter into the picture. In my opinion, it would be a horrible injustice to deny any U.S. citizen their rights under the law or to make any law abridging the rights of a U.S. citizen for any exception regardless of anyone’s personal opinion no matter how understandable that opinion may be. As citizens who value the principles our country should stand for, we should not be selective in which of those principles we support or when we support it, and we should certainly not pick and choose which U.S. citizens should have the rights based upon those principles . . . not if you want being a U.S. citizen to have any meaning or value . . . but, that is just my opinion!
Writer Robert Collingsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present. These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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