One of the principles of this country is religious freedom. This is the freedom to practice (or not) your faith (if you have one) without government interference. This is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
From this aspect, what the New York Council did by approving the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is legally correct. However, from the standpoint of representing the people of New York, they failed miserably. The hue and cry of New Yorkers, arguably one of the most liberal cities in the United States, against the construction of the mosque is loud and clear. Thus, a “Government for the People, By the People, and For the People” failed the People.
Do I have a problem with people worshipping Mohammed? No, I don’t. I have worked with Moslems, Hindus, Atheists, Christians of all different denominations, and Wiccans. I’ve probably have worked with someone who is a member of the Church of Bob for all I know. But here’s where I have problems with Islam.
Any religion that states that it is the duty of each follower to slay and/or oppress the infidel (non-follower of their belief) automatically has my opposition to the religion (not the people). A religion that allows “honor” killings of women, and demands punishments of any that criticize the faith is definitely not the tolerant “Religion of Peace” that they promote their faith to be. The version of peace that they offer is an all-Islam world ruled from a religious/political government via Sharia law, but I also wonder about that too. Shiite and Sunni factions have been killing each other since Mohammed’s death over who Mohammed’s successor should be! I wonder how “peaceful” that world would be…
Now I realize that Christian history is not as clean as we would all like it to be. The Crusades, and the Catholic & Protestant conflicts don’t promote the message of the New Testament. But Christianity has evolved to embrace the diversity of the denominations. Islam, on the other hand, has stayed much the same – violent and intolerant.
Which makes the approval of the mosque over the People of New York’s objections even more incredible. New York City has experienced first hand what members of this religion have done and are capable of doing. What makes it even more incredible is the increased knowledge of Islam’s philosophy and methods of taking over countries. Case in point – Great Britain. I’ll not go into the details of what Muslim immigrants have done to that country and its people, but needless to say, it is only a foreshadowing of what awaits us.
But I will also state one other item before I close out this post. Supporters of Islam, whether they are Moslem or not, ask (or rather, demand) tolerance, empathy, sensitivity, and understanding for their religion. However, it doesn’t seem to be a two-way street. If so, then they wouldn’t be insisting on building a mosque only yards away from an atrocity committed by members of their faith.