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The Mosque Debacle

The current political climate is on fire regarding the building of a mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero. Do these folks have so much time on their hands that their efforts couldn’t be focused elsewhere on, I don’t know, a budget? Job creation? Keeping unemployment under 10%? These in my mind are pressing issues. But in an election year and the democrats getting hit hard with Obama’s difficulties passing bills to alleviate the burden, people are turning to the controversial without really stopping to understand the implications. Even the President has been drawn into this debacle and sadly, handled the commentary poorly and indecisively.

So what the heck does all this mean? As far as I can see, this is going to become a civil rights issue. This country was founded on some basic tenets, one of which of freedom of religion. To eschew that is to buck all that this country stands for. Likely, they will try to claim this as a real estate matter in order to not allow the building to continue. People are missing the big point and opportunity to show support and respect of a religion like any other and the right for that religion to be practiced. The up in arms mentality is originating from people that feel Islam is a terrorist religion. Seriously? Get over it already. Any religion can be taken out of context, bastardized and misused to forward extremist behavior. It’s not limited to Islam. The things I’ve read in newspapers and blogs are downright scary. Is this nation, in its propaganda modus operandi, turning into a state of cultural and social intolerance? It bodes poorly for us all if we are indeed heading down that road.

What is amazing really is that people have been praying in that spot for some time now. People are afraid of what they don’t know or understand, but I make no excuse for intolerance of any kind. We would be no better than the terrorists of the world that think that their way is the right way and there is no room for anything else.

So politicians, get your act together and focus on the real issues. And people of the USA, while you may think the world revolves around you, think again. The world is more global than ever, and antiquated points of view and biases will holds little water in the world community. Don’t get caught up in the media frenzy of this and endanger our bill of rights in the process.