Mosque Plan Is Simply Wrong
Ours is a nation founded on faith by many who fled religious persecution. That our belief is strong is evidenced by our adherence to the use of the name of God in our mottos, money and public buildings.
Yet we have from the beginning steadfastly insisted on a separation of church and state. We have never had an American religion, nor have we ever opposed any individual religion. We are thus as tolerant as any country in history.
Despite this open-minded approach, there have always been forces determined to destroy our faith and replace it with religious anarchy. And even they have been tolerated. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and religion.
But is there not a line in the sand even in this amendment? Do we not ban crèches on public land and forbid the call of “Fire” in a crowded theater? When I went to school we began each day with a nondenominational prayer. No more. And the politically correct advocates are constantly trying to erode any reference to a higher being in buildings and public organizations.
Atheists have their rights, but they do not include demanding we forsake ours. Lately, however, more and more people are beginning to view political correctness and open-minded acceptance of any and all with growing alarm.
At the moment, the biggest controversy is the proposed mosque near 9/11’s ground zero. The president of the United States and the mayor of New York have both weighed in to say Muslims have a right to build the mosque, but they are in a small minority. Most everyone else views this as an in-your-face insult to all those who died in the Muslim attack on the World Trade Center. And, yes, it was a Muslim attack. They admitted it and they were proud of it.
The first Muslim I ever met was Muhammad Ali. This was at the time when Howard Cosell and boxing’s world champion were promoting each other. Whenever Howard brought Ali to our TV studios, he made it a point to introduce the champ to all of us.
I thus met Ali more than once and was impressed with how handsome (and unmarked) he was and how disarmingly friendly. I’ve never confessed this before but I used to wonder if I could stay one round with him if somebody offered me a million dollars. Fortunately for me, the offer never came. In any event, thanks to Ali, Muslims did not seem to pose a threat.
Perhaps the majority of them still don’t. But the laws of Sharia and numerous jihads point in another direction. There are many mosques in the United States, so no one can claim that we are prejudiced or in violation of the First Amendment if we insist that this one be erected far from ground zero.
The proposed mosque is clearly a symbol of growing Islamic influence here following the increased power in Scandinavia, France and England. Our refusal to permit it can be a symbol of our determination to maintain our country’s strength and standards in the face of those who would destroy us.
The time has also come to say “Enough!” to false accusations. If we point out that Reps. Maxine Waters or Charles Rangel are guilty of infractions of ethics, we are called racists. If we oppose the mosque, we are religious bigots. Enough. Wrong is wrong and it has no color or religion or even political party.
Regrettably, our president seems to be constantly on an apology track that diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It is time we stood tall and surrounded him so he no longer appears to speak for us. And it is time for us to stand up for our faith, which has always been the bulwark of our nation.
As Ronald Reagan so eloquently put it: “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under.” Sixty-five days to Election Day.
Allan Jefferys, a former New York theater critic and newsman, lives in Pinehurst. Contact him at email@example.com.
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