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SENTRY JOURNAL » 545 U.S. 469, charles krauthammer, fred w. phelps, greg gutfeld, ground zero mosque, Kelo v. City of New London, Manassas Battlefield, President Obama » Disrespecting the Fallen

Disrespecting the Fallen

by RightHandMan

When I was young someone opened up a pool hall just across the street from my elementary school. Eventually this individual got his liquor license and the pool hall evolved into a bar. The parents cried foul, the city shut it down. Were his 1st amendment rights stepped on? The President of the United States seems to think so. In one of his latest speeches he declared that Muslims have the right to build a mosque in downtown Manhattan.

Of course they do – but not there. Charles Krauthammer points out in his op-ed column for the Washington Post that in 1993 Disney was disallowed the construction of a theme park near Manassas Battlefield over fears that it vulgarized the Civil War. He goes on:

“It’s why the commercial viewing tower built right on the border of Gettysburg was taken down by the Park Service. It’s why, while no one objects to Japanese cultural centers, the idea of putting one up at Pearl Harbor would be offensive.”

Ground Zero doesn’t belong to the Mayor, the Governor, or the President. It belongs to those who were murdered on 9-11. We should respect them when we consider what to do with that ground – and putting up a church of the same religion of the murderers is hardly respectful. Even if this Mosque were to open up completely free of offensive material, there is nothing to say that 9-11 supporters couldn’t preach there in the future.

The President says that “our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable”. Would the President be just as clear in his stance if Anwar al-Aulaqi gave sermons at the mosque and called those who died on 9-11 infidels? Would Mr. Obama reverberate his “unshakable freedom” comment? One thing is for sure, he couldn’t stop it at that point.

Perhaps the president also supports Westboro pastor Fred W. Phelps Sr. and his First Amendment Right to protest at military funerals? After all they are only promoting their religious beliefs. I’m sure that the President and the mosque supporters are also behind Greg Gutfeld’s gay bar that he has decided to open at Ground Zero right next to the mosque’s site. Leading names for the bar include “Git Mo,” “The Leather Burqa,” “Jihard,” “The Velvet Sword,” “Party Like You’re an Infidel,” and “The Ba’ath Party.”

You can build a mosque, but you can’t just build it anywhere. In fact, there are times when you can’t even keep something you’ve built. Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 upheld the “Taking Clause” of the Fifth Amendment which allows governments take private property for public use.

The point is that you can’t build anything anywhere and this is one of those cases that doesn’t pass the common sense test – much less those for decency and respect


Filed under: 545 U.S. 469, charles krauthammer, fred w. phelps, greg gutfeld, ground zero mosque, Kelo v. City of New London, Manassas Battlefield, President Obama

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  • John Carey August 14, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Very good post Right. You beat me to this as I was going to post something similar. Thanks for helping out with this as you know my work schedule is crazy. I will post tomorrow and kick in again.

  • LD Jackson August 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Well said, Right Hand Man. There are some things that just should not be done and this is one of them. It will be the ultimate insult to those who died on 9/11 if it is allowed to go forward.

  • Right Hand Man August 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Thanks guys. I agree – someone must defend this sacred ground.

  • Randy-g August 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Freedom of religion or not, that Mosque does not belong on the site of the massacre of 3,000 innocent people. Stop the damn mosque!!

  • Gorges Smythe August 14, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    While I'm not in favor of the mosque any more than you guys are, I DO think that many people have been misled into believing that it is actually ON the Ground Zero site, rather than 2-3 blocks away. Personally, since Muslims have shown themselves to be hostile to our nation, I think we should deport them all, starting with the president.

  • Steve Dennis August 15, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    Nobody is saying that Muslims do not have the right to the freedom of religion, as Barack Obama would have us believe. We understand that they have the right to do this, but this is not a constitutional issue, this is an issue about respect.
    Great Post!

  • Teresa August 15, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Great post, RightHandMan! I have been posting on the lack of sensitivity to Americans, especially the 9/11 victims' families, and utter disrespect regarding the location of this Ground Zero mosque as well. If zoning laws can trump someone's right to build then why can't sensitivity to the families of victims who died in an act of war trump the building of a mosque? Plus, even David Paterson has offered them land to build a mosque in a more respectful and sensitive location. If they refuse to accept his offer, then that shows the owners true intentions is not to build bridges.