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August 18, 2010

The Mosque and New York City

Tom McLaughlin

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


The above is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution is the document from which all our laws are based. These freedoms are guaranteed and nobody can deprive any of them from us.


For the past few months, a large group of people have attempted to stop Muslim Americans from building a mosque in the area where two jet planes smashed into the twin towers of The World Trade Center killing thousands of people – of all faiths.


The sentiment is regrettable. The people who planned this action were political activists wanting to break the will of the American people in their steadfast support of freedom around the world particularly Israel. They just also happened to be Muslims.


The vast majority of the Muslim people around the world have condemned the attacks as they have also condemned the killings, bombings and maiming of all peoples worldwide. The terror tactics the Taliban used on that poor girl who was featured on the cover of Time magazine recently demonstrates these people want to secure power in the name of the Taliban and not in the name of Allah, for the Allah of the Qu’ran would not tolerate such actions.


In recent history, no religion was blamed for the atrocities that have occurred. Christianity was not blamed for the slaughter of six million Jews; the people who professed the religion were. Genocide, in what was Yugoslavia was not blamed on the followers of Christ, but on the leaders of the atrocity. The bombing of the building in Oklahoma City was the work of a deranged individual, not a Christian deranged individual.


In all of the cases, the freedom of religion was upheld and possibly reinforced by Christians in that “we need to teach more about the Christianity, then these actions will not occur in the future concept.” Again, the religion was not to blame, but the individuals were.


To justify their own intolerable and horrible actions and to possibly themselves and others, these terrorists have used snippets of the Qu’ran to justify their political actions. This is no different than Christians, or any other religion followers, finding parts of religious writings to justify their actions. For example, one of the laws handed to Moses from above states “Thou Shalt not Kill.” There is no asterisk. There is no “except when….” It states plainly, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”


Yet Americans continue to murder people both as a punishment for deeds which may or may not have been committed, and, in my personal view, the unborn. Yet, the people call themselves Christians in direct violation of the Ten Commandments and the forgiveness doctrine preached by Jesus Christ, also a prophet of Islam. If we continue to blame Islam, then we must blame Christianity for our deeds.


The Mosque must be built at the site in order to demonstrate that we as Americans, not as Christians, (there is a huge difference) support freedom of religion. We must always stand as a beacon to the rest of the world, especially to those people whose government represses the freedom. Not to do so would be an insult to the writers of the Constitution and the freedom of religion concept.


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[While Mr. McLaughlin lives and writes from Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, he keeps up with events in the United States and in Frederick County via the Internet and emails from friends.]


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