Monday, August 16, 2010
Freedom of Religion
At the risk of being ostracized by my conservative brethren I must say that I agree with the president’s remarks regarding a mosque being built in New York at “ground zero”. Now before you come running for me torches and pitchforks in hand please hear me out. I am Christian, an American and a conservative. For years I’ve lamented the restrictions placed upon the free expression of religion by the government. The constitution is very clear about this. In the first amendment of the US constitution it states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” How can we expect or demand religious freedom for ourselves and yet cry out at our government asking them to step in and prevent the mosque from being built when they clearly are not empowered to act. This mosque is not being built on government land but on private property. Whilst it may be in bad taste or bad form to open such an establishment it is clearly within their rights to do so. Okay, let the burning commence.