The topic du jour lately has been the proposed building of an Islamic Community Center, a.k.a. mosque, just steps from Ground Zero in New York City. This issue might have been limited to a local one, but then President Obama "stupidly" inserted himself into the equation by voting present and inflamming millions.
Protests, commercials and marches have followed, as well as conversations about the constitutionality of restricting the proposed building and conversations about just how peaceful Islam really is.
Here's an example. On Facebook recently, XEKE.com founder and Sr. Fellow Zach Myers said,
Anyone who thinks that the Mosque at Ground Zero is okay a.) clearly lacks common sense b.) is completely insensitive to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 c.) needs to research Cordoba House when the Muslims conquered Spain d.) is so open minded that his/her brains have completely fallen out.Ideas like this are dropped on Facebook every day, and most who disagree with such provocative statements smile and move on, not searching for a Facebook debate. But a self-described Conservative (judge for yourself), we'll call him "John Doe," responded with the following:
OK, so, I'm an open minded idiot that has no common sense? I was under the impression that Cordoba House is so named to refer to a time in Spain when, yes, the Muslims were in power, but lived peacefully with other Christians and Jews. Also, how is it insensitive? None of the bombers are going to be going to the mosque, just followers of Islam. I own a Koran, read almost all of it. I challenge anyone to read it and tell me that Islam is not a beautiful religion of peace.
Clearly there was some history here, but we'll leave the emotional history aside and stick with the facts. The rest of the exchange follows:
Ryan Gates: One of us is clearly living in a parallel universe. Mr. Watson, your statements simply do not correspond with reality. There aren't just "some" whack-jobs killing in the name of Islam. And if Islam is such a beautiful, peaceful religion, why aren't the beautiful, peaceful adherents cleaning up their own house and disowning the radicals? I submit that it's because the radicals aren't so radical.And that ended what passed for substance from John Doe. Perhaps it's because he was in no position to debate on the merits. He was only capable of using his feelings. As a wise man once said, "Son, your a day late and a dollar short."
A secondary point has been raised by many smart folks: Who should stop the building of the mosque? The government? That is a slippery slope, for sure.
It's high time we as a nation get past this notion of absolute freedom. We don't have it anyway! There is no greater advocate of Libertarian, Randian freedom than me, but that's not what we have in America, and it's been gone for a long time (did we ever have it?). The government tells folks every day that they can do this and they can't do that. So why, all of a sudden, are we concerned with a precedent that will be set if a government entity steps in and stops the mosque?
Ultimately, what XEKE.com would like to see is an equal application of the law. If an Islamic Community Center is to be built, then nothing should stop the restoration of the Greek Orthodox Church. But if the Church cannot be built where it once stood, then the Mosque should be scrapped. XEKE.com challenges anyone to come up with a rational, reasoned argument against our wishes. Good luck.
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