Ok, I’m jumping in.
Only my third post why wait to stir things up?
Has the constitution become optional to the constitutionalists?
Exactly which part of this is offensive to whom amongst those with consistent conservative political views. Has Conservatism become a cover for empty negative emotion or do these things mean something?
- Equal protection under the law
- Separation of Church and State
- Limited Government
Due to its maudlin connotation I refuse to use the term “Ground Zero” to describe the site of the destruction of the World Trade Center
It is possible to feel great empathy for the victims of the destruction of the World Trade Center and the affected families, some of whom, of course, were Muslim, without perverting their pain into a weapon of hatred and intolerance.
It is a sin to steal another person’s pain and use it as a tool in your own agenda. In so doing one refuses to face God with an honest heart. Compassion is not license to hatred. Christ, did not teach vengeance.
The World Trade Center attack and its resultant tragedies, it is well known, became a weapon in the hands of those who would rob US citizens of their constitutional protections and who’s own sense of worth is only realized through the projection of US imperial power.
The Al Quaeda terrorists gave a gift seed of fear and hatred which has been now for over a decade nurtured by mongers of violence, fear and hatred in our country.
The term ground zero (sometimes also known as surface zero as distinguished from zero point) may be used to describe the point on the Earth’s surface where an explosion occurs. In the case of an explosion above the ground, ground zero refers to the point on the ground directly below an explosion .
The term has often been associated with nuclear explosions and other large bombs, but is also used in relation to earthquakes, epidemics and other disasters to mark the point of the most severe damage or destruction. The term is often re-used for disasters that have a geographic or conceptual epicenter.
The origins of the term ground zero began with the Manhattan Project and the bombing of Japan. The Oxford English Dictionary, citing the use of the term in a 1946 New York Times report on the destroyed city of Hiroshima, defines “ground zero” as “that part of the ground situated immediately under an exploding bomb, especially an atomic one.”
The term was military slang — used at the Trinity site where the weapon tower for the first nuclear weapon was at “point zero” — and moved into general use very shortly after the end of World War II.(general quote from wikipedia)
The Burlington Coat Factory
The proposed mosque is to be located in the old Burlington Coat Factory. Many years ago I bought a rain-jacket there. It is not a beautiful structure. It has been underutilized for decades and the building has actually been in use for Islamic worship for some time.
It is not at or in any way conspicuously near the center of the explosion which destroyed the World Trade Center.
The World Trade Center was not destroyed by Islam any more than one might say that Christianity is the perpetrator of the victims of Jim Jones. There is evil in the world and evil hides behind many masks. Is Christianity to blame for the Vietnam War? Would it be considered insensitive to build a Presbyterian church in Nagasaki?
The 14th Amendment
It is the 14th Amendment which makes the US Constitution whole. The deep secret code at play on the part of rightist demagogues who clothe themselves in a veneer of constitutionalism and veneration for the Founding Fathers of American Democracy is that they would actually turn back to the Constitution as it stood before the Civil War. It was the Civil War and reconstruction which completed the promise of the American Revolution.
The original Constitution enshrined slavery and did not guarantee one person one vote or the full equality of every man and woman under the eyes of the law.
Many of the Founding Fathers and their cohort, including the great Hamilton and his friend Lafayette, hated and opposed slavery. Others compromised with it or took advantage of its benefits to their own interests.
In various forms it is the 14th which comes under attack from these demagogues in the current political conversations as regards immigration, the same sex marriage debate, and in the conversation as regards to the construction of the Mosque.
Are there to be one or two classes of citizens in the United States? Are all “men” [and women] created equal and born with inalienable rights? Or are some of us to be counted as 3/5ths of a person?
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws