I’m been a reticent to write anything about the “Ground Zero Mosque“, partly because there’s not much that hasn’t already been said. Besides, who gives a damn what I have to say? So, before you consider trudging through what I have to say, you might want to read what CoUrTnEy and Obnoxio wrote. Infidel Blogger’s Alliance has covered the issue at length and our Canadian friends have some items about the issue as well.
I won’t bother with trying to educate people on the issue. Instead, I’ll just share my opinion, which is probably worth less than your time. A major issue I have is with the “Ground Zero Mosque” being treated as a political issue. As long as laws are not broken, it is a private matter. However, I also have an issue with people acting like freedom of religious is somehow an exemption from all recourse. You have a right to practice your religion, however, I have a right to judge you accordingly and exercise my rights.
Part of the problem is the massive bureaucracy. The government always oversteps their bounds, and when I talk about rights and how things should be, I do so without regard for existing laws. Let’s be clear, if the government wanted to, there is any number of legal ways for them to put a stop to the “Ground Zero Mosque“. Part of having Libertarian beliefs, is having the ability to set aside your personal morals and preferences in favor of the rights of others. So, for the governments part, I honestly do not believe they should want the mosque there (given the full context), however it’s none of their damned business.
I have a major issue with things like zoning laws, permits, etc… Most of them are just a way for the government to intrude into your life. If you own property, it is yours to do with as you wish (with some understanding that you do no harm to your neighbors). One of the main reason I loath the government intrusion into private life and business is the simple fact that they can tell an individual that despite no resistance from their neighbors, they’re not allowed to locate a business there, or build there, etc… This is ridiculous, the government shouldn’t be going around closing down lemonade stands. If the KKK was able to acquire property near ground zero, and put a giant sign up saying that the “Jews caused 9/11″, if would be their right (although it might also be the right of Jews to sue for slander). The bottom line is it is not the government’s role to tell you what you can and can’t do on private property until/unless what you are doing has been proved to be a crime.
Having said that, I am against the “Ground Zero Mosque”. I think it is in absolutely horrible taste. The location is not coincidence. When people involved are quoted as referring to it as the “Ground Zero Mosque”, and saying that America is to blame for 9/11, it makes their motives highly suspect. I can’t say for sure what they want to do. In a broader historical context, mosques have been built at the site of conquests. Perhaps this is simply done to elicit a negative reaction, so people can in turn say that Americans hate Muslims. Regardless, it’s a horrible idea and clearly not being done for the right reasons. This mosque could easily be located farther away, it’s not a big deal to the builders unless they want to make it a point of building where one of the plane’s landing gear ended up.
So, how does one reconcile the difference between keeping the government out of the issue, and being justifiably upset? Well, this is through recognition of the rights of the individual. We don’t have to like what someone is doing to allow them to do it. On the other hand, we are not forced to sit idly by. In the case of the mosque there are many things we can do. We can blog about it, we can fund campaigns against it, we can vote against politicians in support of it, we can dig into the funding, we can expose the actions of those involved, we can shine a giant light on the issue and let everyone know what is going on. People close to the mosque can do much more. Construction workers can refuse to work (some have), banks can refuse to give out loans (or should be able to, if the government will let them), individuals (including moderate Muslims) can refuse to have any part in this. This is our right as individuals. Freedom of religion does not force us to sit idly by.
- Infidel Bloggers Alliance: In his fiercest defense yet of the … (ibloga.blogspot.com)
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