While it was late in coming, at least our Commander-in-Chief finally stood up for the civil rights of Americans. In the battle between irrational hatred and embracing the ideals of freedom and liberty that this country stands for, President Obama chose the latter.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship (the Cordoba House) and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
That sentence is so important, particularly to anyone who follows an organized religion in the United States, that I would like to print it again for emphasis:
This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.
I don’t often side with President Obama on many issues, but this time he hit the nail right on the head. It is a simple matter, plain to understand and, sadly, incomprehensible to the majority of Americans (if recent polling data is to be trusted). The fact that Americans wish to deny a group of people their civil rights simply because some flaming morons who pretended to be of the same faith committed an unforgivable transgression against the United States (and, indeed, the whole concept of freedom) shows how messed up this country truly is when it comes to the subject of religion.
Yes, I said ‘pretended’ to be of the same faith. The 9/11 hijackers were not Muslims, and I don’t care who thinks I’m crazy for saying that. It is entirely true. President Obama got it right when he said that “those who brought down the twin towers had also disgraced Islam.” He’s right, they did. Islam does not condone sneak attack suicide bombings. There is not a mainstream cleric in the world that will tell you it does, though there are a handful of totally insane, hatred-riddled nutjobs pretending to be Muslims that will find some way to justify the act.