Minarets are not Missiles

A mosque grows in Manhattan

“…we would betray our values if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, August 3, 2010

There are so many ways that the Ugly American shows itself these days. The flap over the community center and mosque blocks from the 9/11 attacks makes it clear that even though the Cowboy is out of the White House, he is an integral part of the American Manifest Destiny psyche. (I apologize to real cowboys for that remark; you are all better than he ever will be.)

Make no mistake – had the GOP controlled Congress and the Executive during this anti-Muslim mud slinging, they would have pulled a Terry Schiavo and stuck their self-righteous noses where they don’t belong – in urban zoning and permitting issues.

Even now, supposedly smart people like Newt Gingrich, who should be bigger than the gutter swimmers in this country, are calling for a congressional resolution that says we will never enact sharia, Islam’s strict religious based law, in America. As if!!!

Don’t we already have a resolution like that, a little something called the U.S. Constitution? This is a problematic solution to a non-existent problem. I mean, why stop there? Why not say we can never enact Mosaic law, or Feudal law, or even Roman law? We must stop before we are drawn and quartered in the streets! Puh-leeze. We don’t have to pass a resolution to say we’ll never have a king, or never allow unreasonable search and seiz-

Well, maybe that one needs help.

You see, Newt, if you believed in the importance of the ACLU in this country, you wouldn’t have to worry about sharia becoming the law of the land.

We, quite properly, have no “hallowed ground” in this country; we have landmarks on historical grounds and institutions on government grounds and echoes of war on battlegrounds. A community center for Muslims in New York City, half-a-mile from Ground Zero, is about the best in America, and the best in that great city. The Constitution keeps us from being reactionary.

What law says that it’s American to be angry, resentful and racist? Wait…I got this one. “If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee.” Where is that one from again?


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