After weeks of silence from the White House we now have a direct comment. This is after the appointed Governor Patterson has taken a stance, and New York City Mayor Bloomberg has supported the creation of a mosque virtually on the remains of the Twin Towers. Given the almost universal support from Democrats, in opposition to the majority of New Yorkers and the nation, the comments from President Obama are no real surprise.
That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.” – President Obama
The comments are uniquely oblivious of the question at hand, and is the consistent line of reasoning used by Democrats on this issue. There has been no one, of any credibility, that has said that Muslims do not have a right to build a mosque. The 100 or so mosques in New York alone are a clear statement that even in a city devestated by the horror of religious fanatics actions against innocents, tolerance and understanding prevails.
Yet if the comments of President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Patterson and other Democrats are to be taken at face value, one would think that New York City opposed Muslims and/or lacked religious tolerance. It’s a concept that flies in the face of the existence of the most diverse city in the world.
All religions are free to exist and be practiced in America, so long as they do not harm or advocate harm to others. In New York City alone there are Buhddists next to Jews, next to Lutherans/Catholics/Methodists/Christians, next to Muslims and so on. Which says nothing of atheists. There are even satanists somewhere in the bowels of the City. Tolerance, in New York City is more than a given it is a daily way of life. Suggestions to the counter are as dumb as they sounds after half a second of thought.
The fact is that the mosque, at that location, is salt on the unhealed wound of America. It does nothing to improve opinions of those that oppose fanatical Islam. In fact it worsens those opinions. It does nothing to honor the memory of over 3,000 innocents that died 2 blocks away.
Besides being a target of hate, mistrust, and festering disgust with fanatical religious murderers, the mosque – at that location – has several other issues that should be addressed. Foremost is the question of where the money is coming from.
For nearly 9 years the nation has been concerned about where money is coming from and going to. Funding to or from terrorist organizations and nations have been blocked. If the funding for this mosque comes from such a source it too must be blocked. Though the obvious means of learning that answer has been avoided while Democrats fight a battle over freedom of religion that no one is fighting against.
President Obama is insisting that New York City must be tolerant. New York elected officials are screaming about religious freedom. But the public are asking the questions that need answers:
Simple questions. Questions that have been asked over and over again for weeks now. Questions that are no closer to an answer than when they were fist asked.
The White House and Democrats are hiding behind the Right to Freedom of Religion – a freedom that is not in question. Hiding does nothing but allow fears to grow and the truth to be hidden in shadow. The elected officials of New York and the nation are obligated to bring light to the shadows, and address the concerns of the public.
Anything else is useless, or worse yet detrimental to the society as a whole. It’s time that they all remeber that.