President Obama, after a period of silence, came out in support of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. The reason the President supports the Mosque; freedom of religion. The point the President is missing, is that with Americans, this is not a religious but a moral issue.
The fact that the Imam would consider building the Mosque on the 9/11 site leads one to believe his motives are suspect. After the firestorm this Mosque has ignited, he continues to press for the building, which makes his motives more curious. Why would any peaceful Mosque seek such an insensitive venture? The funding and connections with this Imam too, is suspect. The President supporting this particular Mosque at ground zero is driving a dagger into the hearts of the victims of the attack on September 11, 2001.
There is yet another issue at heart that is troubling; the sympathetic tendencies of the President towards Islam, while growing hostile toward Christianity. America is a great country, and we celebrate diversity in ethnicities, cultures and religions; Islam included. However, many are confused where the President stands and growing concerns on his actions toward Christianity leave many suspicious of his motives as well.
In 2008, then Senator Obama sat on the stage at Saddleback Church with Pastor Rick Warren, admitting, “As a starting point, it means I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that I am redeemed through him. That is a source of strength and sustenance on a daily basis. I know that I don’t walk alone, and I know that if I can get myself out of the way, that I can maybe carry out in some small way what he intends.” Profound words from the man that declares the Sermon on the Mount, arguably the most prolific messages of Christ, to be radical. Obama, though claiming Jesus died for his sins, requested Jesus, the one who died for his sins, covered in his speech at Georgetown University. Then, to pour salt in the wound, he announces he will not attend the National Day of Prayer, though this has been a celebrated presidential tradition; while continuing the tradition of holding a Ramadan Dinner at the White House. If the President is Muslim, God bless him, that is his constitutional right and we celebrate his choice; but he must be honest with the American people.
The President insists he supports the Mosque on the grounds of religious freedom. If that is true, why is he silent while Christians are repeatedly denied their right to erect a Cross as a symbol of their religion? The Mojave Cross memorial which endured a Constitutional battle and won had the Cross stolen. The caretakers are now in a battle over a replacement cross and if it can remain; the Justice Department is taking its sweet time rendering a decision. No crosses in the desert or on the highway, they are offensive. Why is he silent when Jews are denied the right to display the Star of David or the Ten Commandments? Scarcely a mention has been made about the Greek Orthodox Church, which was leveled in the attacks and is not being allowed to rebuild; where is the President to defend this church? Coloradans remember the controversy over the thirteen crosses as memorial for the victims of Columbine; apparently, Christians are not privy to the same religious freedoms.
The building of this Mosque is beyond insensitive; would a Japanese memorial next to the USS Arizona be appropriate? Would a Nazi German memorial next to the Holocaust Museum be politically correct? Should a memorial be built next to Columbine for the shooters? If denied would their Constitutional rights be infringed? One is hard pressed to find support for such memorials.
Religious freedom does not allow for partiality to one religion while being hostile towards another. The Supreme Court ruled, “Hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe… We find no constitutional requirement that makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion…we cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion.” (United States Supreme Court, 1854) The President would fare well to defend all religions and not to appear to be hostile towards some.
The Islamic Mosque is not an issue about religion, it is an issue about dignity for those who died on the September 11 attack. A more insensitive act cannot be fathomed; the Imam should show the respect these victims deserve and find new land to build his Mosque.