What the hell?
Let me preface all my statements by saying, I very much believe that building a mosque close to ground-zero is in poor taste, and I would suggest moving it else where.
That being said, I complete respect and support their right to build that thing wherever they want to. Why? Because of the beautiful 1st amendment. You know, that thing that separates us from, oh, I don't know, the rest of the world.We in America can express our religion, speech, etc. freely -- something you can't legally doing anywhere else.
Some Choice Quotes:
“Ground zero is hallowed ground to Americans,” Elliott Maynard, a Republican trying to unseat Representative Nick J. Rahall II, a Democrat, in West Virginia’s Third District, said in a typical statement. “Do you think the Muslims would allow a Jewish temple or Christian church to be built in Mecca?”
NO. They would not. WE are different. That is what makes America wonderful and beautiful. It is a country where you can express yourself as you like. I love this country BECAUSE of the 1st amendment. I might not like what people say, but I damn well will support their right to say it.
“It is very troubling to see President Obama again turning a deaf ear to the thoughts and concerns of a majority of Americans,” said James Renacci, a Republican candidate in Ohio’s 16th District, who said people at a recent public meeting were furious about the mosque proposal.
Actually, it's comforting. His JOB is to embody the constitution, and to lead us down the right path, even when other people can't see it. If he could be swayed easily into not listening to that little document called the constitution, he wouldn't really be a good President, now would he? Don't we all teach our children to stand up for what they know is right even in the face of the harshest critics? Standing his ground in support of the right to build that mosque is a very President-ly act, and should be commended -- especially because it's so unpopular.
But Mr. Gingrich showed no sign of backing down on Monday. “Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington,” Mr. Gingrich said on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends.” “We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There’s no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center.”
Really Newt? Really? Hmmm...I do believe that Nazis DO have that right. They wouldn't be popular by any measure, but they do have that right! Because of that wonderful 1st Amendment, once again. And no, we would not accept some Japanese people putting up a site near Pearl Harbor, we'd probably seriously protest it. BUT, they still have that right in the beautiful, wonderful, and awesome United States of America. So Newt, what I mean is: stop. Just stop.
In conclusion, G.O.P stop trying to re-write the constitution! Both the 1st and 14th amendment are just fine -- you're just being whiny and silly.
oh, I also had a good day at work.