Now that our President has weighed in on the mosque controversy I know that many of you are waiting, breathlessly, for my opinion.
Ok, maybe not, but let me share my thoughts on this since I do often write about Islam.
I think that we as Americans must agree that President-O was correct in stating that it's "their right" to build a mosque in the USA. This is, of course, one of the maddening things about being a free society. There isn't a reciprocal right in most Muslim nations. Islamic societies are not fair and open societies. Islam cannot stand up to the onslaught of free speech in which both secularism and Christianity have survived (in fact, thrived).
Thus, we are forced to conclude (correctly, I believe) that Muslims are taking advantage of us.
Many have pointed out that Muslims build mosques as memorials to battles they have won. This is, of course, true. To argue otherwise is disingenuous. What's at stake is the ongoing claim of subjection that Muslims will make over the 9-11 site and America in general if they, in fact, build the "Ground Zero Mosque."
Liberal democracies like ours are not really good at fending off ideological warfare like this. We don't have safeguards or other mechanisms in our legal system that protect us from ideology.
It is important to note that Muslims do not necessarily have a right to this particular spot. The New York Port Authority has not allowed a church to rebuild nor are they allowing them to build the sort of church structure they want to build (read about it here – if there is new info, please let me know) even though there was a church there before the terror act (the church was buried under the rubble of the two towers).
Why is it "no" to the church and "yes" to the mosque? There is evidently more going on than simple zoning and local ordinance issues being played out in a busy city context. Something tells me I don't have the whole story on this, but until I learn more, I smell a conspiracy. President-O's statements over the past few days have only served to bolster my feeling that, for some reason beyond my understanding, he wants a mosque there and is going to help make it happen.
To be fair, there is no doubt that my views are prejudiced by what I perceive as an anti-Christian culture among the White House staff, on the part of the President, and for sure the left-wing political establishment in general. It seems to me that Democrats want to see an "affirmative action" plan for religion. I think they believe that Christianity needs to be taken down a few notches to make room for minority religions in the USA. If that is true, it is an unwanted government intrusion into religion.
So… my view regarding the 'Ground Zero Mosque?" No thanks… but I am way open to hearing other views.
What do you think?