The controversy surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque is clear example of how this country is going backwards; when did we as a nation stop progressing? John Adams in a letter once wrote…
“There must be a positive Passion for the public good, the public Interest, Honour, Power, and Glory, established in the Minds of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty. And this public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions. Men must be ready, they must pride themselves, and be happy to sacrifice their private Pleasures, Passions, and Interests, nay their private Friendships and dearest connections, when they Stand in Competition with the Rights of society.”
These are powerful words from 1776 that puts the Ground Zero Mosque mess into perspective, “public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions…”. Meaning that we need to put our personal feeling aside for the greater good of society. Some will argue that the greater good for society would be to respect the victims of 9/11 and their families; in no way are disrespecting the memories of loved ones lost. Islam was not what took the lives of over 3,000 people on September 9th 2001; the act was committed by radical fundamentalist.
If there was evidence that the builders of the Muslim Cultural Center were affiliated with radical hate groups then I would fully oppose the building of the Mosque. There is no room or protection of hate groups when it comes to the greater good or society. If Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin could show me that this Mosque would be a breeding ground of hate then I would fully support their stance on this issue; but all you hear from the and others like Harry Reid is nothing but political talk. Both Democrats and Republicans are too worried about November elections and gaining support than the equal protection of religious freedom under the Constitution.
This issue has been politicized to the point that Republicans have already announced that they will make this an issue during the November elections; in response Democrats like Harry Reid who are in tight races have distanced themselves from what is right in order to save their jobs! It’s good to see politicians like Charlie Crist, Mike Bloomberg and yes the President of the United States (Obama) take a stand for what is right.
Some times doing the RIGHT thing means supporting a unpopluar position, over the next couple of days we will see who has the BALLS to do what is right! I hate to think that political pressure may stop this cultural center aka mosque from being built. I hope not, I would have a hard time supporting any politician that would fold under the pressure. That includes President Obama!!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!