The recent hubub over the Mosque in New York has finally earned remarks from the White House. There are those who claim that placing a Mosque less than two blocks from ground zero is an in your face move that should be made illegal. They are half right. It is in poor taste, but the act of building a Mosque, or any other church for that matter, is protected by the Constitution.
The fact that 68% of the public of New York opposes the Mosque is used as a justification for opposing the facility, and there are those who claim that Obama is opposing the people of New York. To you I say that the Bill of Rights of the Constitution is there to protect the unpopular. This is the very reason why we are not a democracy. As Mr Jefferson put it, a democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. Now I will grant you that the First Amendment begins with “Congress shall make no law…” but the right of freedom of religion is a natural right.
Saying that “there are 100 Mosques in New York, so this is not an issue of religion, but one of safety and security” is complete crap. They are not asking to make a bomb factory, they are asking to build a place of worship on their own property, using their own money.
Obama is not saying that he will interfere in the State’s business (which the FedGov does not have the power to do) but he is weighing in with what I think is a correct opinion. Just because some Muslims have broken the law doesn’t excuse violating the rights of others. Otherwise, we could forbid Catholic Churches from being located within 2 blocks of a school for little boys, or make all guns illegal because some people misuse them.