"Have they no decency?" was referring to the folks at Time magazine. There is no one I have spoken to, liberal or conservative who has said that Muslims should not have the right to worship as they please within Constitutional limits. There is also no one I have spoken to about this issue who is not outraged on the grounds of simple, human decency that Muslims want to put up a mosque so near to ground zero. The argument that this mosque is a way for Americans to learn more about and assimilate to Islam is almost as crude and obnoxious as putting up a giant gas chamber at Auschwitz to help Jewish people learn more about and assimilate to Nazism. The very name of the mosque, the Cordoba Initiative, sends a message of Islamic victory over America throughout the Muslim world. It is outrageous that anyone in their right mind could even suggest that this mosque is anything but indecent.
The mayor of New York should be ashamed. I wonder how much money is changing hands to get his approval for a mosque that is a grotesque mockery of the lives lost in the 9/11 attack. I must concede, however, that the very idea of this mosque has opened the eyes of many Americans to the inherent threat to our republic posed by the dictates of Islam and sharia law in particular.
That's why my second thought was"I hope so." Not because I hate Muslims, I do not. My own faith counts them equally as precious to God as any other person. Rather, "I hope so." because the religion of Islam contains within it, a financial and legal system which are diametrically opposed to our current system of government and has, as the object of it's faith, the conquest of the world for Islam.
I am not someone who will encourage Muslims to change or deny the basic tenets of their faith. I don't think that is realistic or ethical. I do, however, expect the followers of that religion to accept, without cavil, the logical consequences of holding to that faith.
Those consequences are:
- to be doubted, because your religion countenances lying;
- to have the legal and financial aspects of your faith to be inconvenient for or denied to you in this nation, because they are at odds with the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded; and
- to be suspected of terrorism anywhere you go because the only sure way to a pleasant afterlife in your faith is through death in war or violent jihad.
I would no more expect Muslims to give up the violent aspects of jihad or the tenets of sharia than I would give up the blood of Jesus. My faith is consistent with the founding principles of this nation. The Muslim faith is not. There is no shame in opposing that which seeks to institute destruction and death in favor of that which seeks life and freedom. Perhaps this nation's MSM should take a good hard look at their Muslim brethren.
"But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?" ~Mark 14:61-63