Religious freedom? NOT. The proposed Cordoba Mosque at Ground Zero in New York has nothing to do with religious freedom. It has nothing to do with tolerance, either. It is simply to honor Muslim murderers. For Americans to “tolerate” such a permanent gesture is truly a Freudian death wish.
Freedom of religion is not something this country was founded on at all. This is a grave error, and a most precarious, pernicious presumption. There is no justification of any mosque, or even cathedral, in the United States of America. And “justification” is a misapplied term altogether. Why?
“Religious freedom” is not a term found in the American Declaration of Independence, nor in the United States Constitution. “Religious freedom,” as a term, is a subsequent abstration, or a theory. It is a proposed principle, found in later commentary. It later developed into a political slogan.
To attempt to read the concept of “religious freedom” into the 1st Amendment is to commit scholarly error. To consider “religious freedom” as a principle, divorced from historical context, is to transcend history with personal application. It is abandon to the subjective, with a certain arrogance of soul.
So what is the historical context of the Constitution, of America’s foundations? Freedom from England. The men who rebelled against the Crown wanted independence, economic and religious, from the Church of England. The historical context of that European socio-political development was the general trend away from Rome, from Roman Catholocism. If the abstract term “religious freedom” ever occurred in the minds of America’s founding fathers, it would have been in reference to the tyrannies of England and Rome.
The fathers of America wished to practice their Biblical beliefs the way they wanted to, without dictation from state authority. They wanted to practice Christianity the way they saw fit. That is the bedrock of America. The economic independence was an evolution of that “protestant” Christian faith.
The fathers had no mind for Islam, Hinduism, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Voodooism, Satanism, Buddhism, Shintoism, or any other kind of religion in the world. America was not conceived as a haven for non-Christian, non-Protestant religion or culture. To think it was is profound error in interpretation. This is anti-historical, unscholarly, and wholly unjustified and unreasonable. Such a concept leaves America as some multi-cultural buffet, or an international bazaar. The haven idea makes American society worse than a melting pot. It turns American into a big brown bowel movement, ineviscerably impacted with infectious bacteria.
For this conceptual error, we suffer the constipated stupidity of the Ground Zero Mosque issue. Yes, there are many reasons why there should be no mosque at Ground Zero; yes they are all obvious. But they are also subjective, non-historical, and superficial. Bad taste, insensitive, inappropriate, yes, these are all reasons to disallow such a mosque. But the best reason is the unfair, preferential treatment the murderous Muslims received by the defiant, Communist city council of New York–who unanimously voted in favor of the Ground Zero Mosque, while at the same time have nothing to say for the 85-year-old Greek Orthodox congregation who want to rebuild their St. Nicholas Church–which was destroyed by the 9-11 attack. (Just why the Port Authority is cited as the offending body instead of the city council is unclear–but it apparently has to do with money, $20 million, which was due the church, which the Porty Authority refuses to turn over.) Why are the Greek Orthodox ignored, and the Muslims coddled and indulged? Because the Greeks pose no threat. They are not murderous. The Greek Orthodox do not bomb American interests, or seek to destory America.
But, again, the concept of religious freedom is not an American foundation, and that such a concept should form the essentional justification of the proposed Mosque is laughable. It is the most idiotic, non-historical discussion in modern political discourse.
Those Americans to prefer the Hebrew take on reality (i.e., the Bible) need to be reminded that there is really no such thing as religious freedom. There is one God, and one Word. Religious freedom may be a political concept, used originally to justify independence from England and/or Rome, and to let Christians practice Christianity in the way they wished, no matter how many different groups of Christians developed different styles of worship. But tolerance never included that idea of allowing murderous Muslims to build shrines to their murderous beliefs and practices.
Tolerance is insulting, deceptive, and suicidal as applied to the Ground Zero Mosque fiasco. The Islamic lust for death has already infected America, and it accentuates the liberal perversions of anti-Americanism. Too much discussion about “religious freedom” is wholly subjective and naive, bordering the inane.
“Religious freedom” is a curse to America. As articulated by the ignorant, and the politically biased, “religious freedom” is a lethal deception.