I still find it funny and just a bit ironic, that people all over America happen to be up in arms over the building of an Islamic "community center" a few blocks away from what used to be the twin towers hit by airplanes on 9/11/01 (and WTC 7, which wasn't actually hit by anything at all, yet still managed to be demolished...but that's a different discussion).
What's really ironic that those who are the most angry about the issue are those who love to raise hell at "Tea Party" events, in response to government infringement upon their private property....and yet, they are more than willing to keep in lock-step with the O'Reilly Factor, when the subject of strange brown people with towels on their heads want to worship God in a manner they don't agree with.
Regardless, this is still America, and we still have certain freedoms. One of them happens to NOT be the right to be "offended" when you find something "insensitive". However, we still have the right to freedom of religion, freedom to own property, et cetera.
While I was born in Texas and baptized in a church belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention, you do not see me raising nine kinds of hell when I hear about a new Baptist Church being built. I don't start protesting when I learned that the church I now attend, which happens to claim being "Baptist-based", says they will be breaking ground on a new Church location so they don't have to worry about renewing the lease on their current space inside a strip mall center. I don't complain, because I go to church to learn about God via the Judeo-Christian bible. The God I choose to worship is a compassionate God, and I have learned this through the reading of my bible.
You see, the only thing my God has ever asked of me is to believe in him, accept him as my God, live my life according to his commandments, and ask his forgiveness when I fail him. Through that, I am granted eternal salvation. Some day I will meet my death and tremble with a fear I have never known before, when I am forced to face the sins of my life, knowing that I knew full-well the difference between right and wrong when I committed those sins. With that being said, God is my judge.
Just the same, God is also the ultimate judge of every man who worships him. You see, my God is the Almighty God of Abraham. He is the same God worshiped by the Jew and the Muslim. Who am I to say that they are wrong, when their holy scriptures say otherwise?
Regardless, let's look back to the building of a mosque a few blocks away from "ground zero", and the fact that there are baptist churches in just about every neighborhood in Brazoria County.
First off, let's not forget that the motivations of "Al Qaeda" were not religious but POLITICAL. Second, let's also remember that the "ground zero mosque" is several blocks away from the location of where the Twin Towers once stood...and in that general area, there are several strip joints and a Burger King. It's not exactly what I'd call "hallowed ground!
Now, let's get back to the fact that this is AMERICA. Last time I checked, the First Amendment doesn't just go away because our country wants to fight an undeclared war on people who pray to God like you do.
Remember when I said that I don't protest Baptist churches being in my near vicinity? You may ask, "why would you be upset about a baptist church being in your neighborhood, if you are a Christian?". Well, I'll tell you.
As of 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention released a resolution declaring death by lethal injection, firing squad, hanging, or any other legalized method of execution in America to be a "legitimate form of punishment". The SBC also declares a fetus to be a human person at the moment of conception, through resolutions dating back to more than six years prior to my birth. If a fetus is considered a "person", and the killing of a "person" is considered murder under Texas law, and the Southern Baptist Convention condones capital punishment, that can only mean one thing.
They support the execution of those who have had abortions.
Considering that my own mother had several abortions between the birth of my younger brother and myself, that makes her a "murderer" in the eyes of the Southern Baptist Convention. Not just a "murderer", but a "serial killer"!
The Southern Baptist Convention wants to kill my mother. I am, believe it or not, deeply offended by this. And yet, I do not stand outside the church I was raised in, holding picket signs because they want to see my own mother strapped to a gurney.
Keep in mind, the planners of the "blocks-away-from-ground-zero mosque" are claiming to promote tolerance amongst various religions, and to steer people away from hatred and violence.
It is sheer ignorance of the utmost kind, to claim that 9/11 had anything to do with "Islamic Extremism", while denying that it was purely politically motivated by a response to our government's foreign policy. It had as much to do with "Islam" as Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Murrah building had to do with Christianity.
I don't protest about your church wanting to kill my mother. Why do you raise hell about someone wanting to build a church that claims to want to promote tolerance, while saying that Islam is evil, when your own church publicly says they are okay with killing those who go against their religion?