Over on Facebook, KGMI was refferring to an appearance by Christine O’Donnell on CNN last night. By all accounts I’ve read of Christine O’Donnell, she would make a great senator for her state, so I’m a little sorry I’m posting this. Only a little. Not enough to stop me. So every time I hear any part of the “witch” media frenzy that surrounds her, the Holy Grail witch scene plays a rerun in my head. It’s great fun!
I know that I live a little too close to Bellingham to poke fun pagans/wiccan. After all Bellingham has a rather large and popular house of worship that openly accepts, Christian, Jew, agnostics, atheists, humanists and yes, even pagans/wiccan. So I should be reverent, tolerant and not poke fun, but I probably will anyway.
It’s obvious that the crowd of idiots represent the left leaning Democrat’s, so does that make the knight, Bill Maher? Or is he one of the three head idiots?
No matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we might think it is, the New Yorkers who wish to build a mosque near ground zero do have a right to build it. As I’ve said in a previous post and comment, I don’t think anyone is questioning that right although I read a lot of partisan comments saying that conservatives are trying to deny this right which they of course are not.
More recently there is a pastor in the Southeast who is making the news because he has said he was going to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11. And just like the mosque, no matter how stupid, insensitive, or self-serving we think it is, the pastor who wishes to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 has every right to burn it.
In both cases, the people of our predominantly Christian believing nation affirm the rights of each party to build where they choose and burn what they choose. Our personal feelings don’t trump their rights no matter how wrong we feel it is. What a great, peaceful and tolerant nation we live in.
Yet, from around the world, the collective voice from predominantly Islamic believing nations has warned that if we let the pastor light up his Koran, there will be violence. And if we stop the mosque from being built near ground zero, there will also be violence. In our nation people have the right to freely speak and freely practice their religion, but they don’t have a right to threaten violence and harm upon others. We need to remember this as we are being cajoled into accepting Islam as if it were just another denomination to choose from; it’s not. To a Christian someone burning a bible will most likely elicit a prayer for the soul of the arsonist, whereas it seems that for a good percentage of Muslims around the world, burning a Koran will elicit a prayer for the arsonist’s death. Why is it again that Islam is referred to as the religion of peace?
It’s time to keep our mouth open on these issues before violence in the name of Islam becomes a problem within our nation. Our 1st Amendment keeps our federal government from valuing one religion over another, but we as citizens have every right to our personal views and our opinion. We have a right to speak out.
I’ve been enjoying an abundance of play and enduring an abundance of work this summer and so have not had much time for blogging. The proposed ground zero mosque though has been the subject of much reading on my part lately. I even started to write a post, but then upon seeing this clip from Pat Condell I realized that he had summed most of it up.
As I said, I’ve read a bit about this subject and didn’t hear anything in this clip that rang inaccurate. He didn’t completely explain that the Visigothic church of St Vincent was torn down and the original namesake Cordoba Mosque in Spain built upon it’s ruins. That news kind of hit a little too close to home for me. And while I’ve heard a few times on the radio about Muslims who feel that the namesake Cordoba harkens to a time where the three religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam all lived in peace only a quick look into history will show the reality that it was anything but peaceful if you were a Jew or Christian.
As I’ve said before the current form of Islam is incompatible with the tenets that our nation was built upon. Islam must go through a reformation if they are to exist as a religion in these United States.
If the developers of this Ground Zero Mosque truly wanted to build a bridge between Islam and the Western world they should realize that they haven’t picked a very good place to lay the first brick.
Find joy and comfort today both in that Christ rose on this day and that we live in a nation where we are free to celebrate His rising with our Christian neighbors.
Today’s the day Christians believe Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, and 78% of Americans share that belief.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 10% don’t believe Christ rose from the dead, and another 11% are not sure.
Eighty-five percent (85%) also think that the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago. Six percent (6%) disagree. Eight percent (8%) aren’t sure.