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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mosque Madness

Raw, emotional, heated. That pretty much describes how people are feeling about this "mosque at ground zero thing." Like everyone out there, I remember 9/11. And I still cry when I hear that Yellowcard song Believe. I've read just about every opinion out there. The New Yorker wrote about it this week too. The New Yorker had a quote from Palin of course. The quote was something about putting the families of 9/11 victims through anguish if the mosque is allowed to exist near ground zero. I used to like Palin's boldness...but she's overexposed at this point...and she says a lot of words that have no depth or meaning. She's like a fly in the kitchen, totally annoying and in need of a swat! Then they had a quote from Gingrich. He said, "There should be no mosque near ground zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia." What's wrong with him? Saudi Arabia is a totally different country with a totally different government with a totally different life philosophy and...it does not have a constitution! Duh Newt! There is no comparison. I used to like Newt too...but he is a bit of a moron for making that statement. Bottom line, I don't like the idea of a mosque near ground zero, it hurts. But I love America and I love my freedom. And this debate isn't about religion, it's about freedom. Palin loves her right to own a gun. Palin and Gingrich love promoting small businesses and the rights of American's to live in a free market. They claim to love the constitution and all it offers America. So how can they be mad at a bunch of Americans who want to rent a building in New York to engage in their constitutional right to practice their religion? You can't have your cake and eat it too...you can't have it both ways...You can't apply the constitution only when it suits you. It is for all of us. And as much as I don't want a mosque near ground zero, I don't want anyone taking away my rights, so I accept that people have a right to have their mosque in the building near ground zero. And I accept that Palin has a right to own a gun. And I accept that Palin and Gingrich have the right to stick their foot in their mouth over and over with their dumb words...cause freedom of speech rocks!


Jeannette Paladino said...

Well said, Laura. Much has been made of the "mosque" near Ground Zero, but the reality is that the real plan is for a multi-use facility (much like the 92nd St. Y with social and recreational uses) with a prayer room included. This is their right in a democracy.