Why America is a Great Country, Mosque in NYC   Leave a comment

From the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” We have freedom of religion! Whether you are Ku Klux Klan, Baptist, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish  or Wicca, you have a right to practice your religion. What a great concept!  And we have separation of church and state and that is another plus in this country. No one has to worry that a teacher will be influencing children in ideas opposed to their parents’ religious beliefs, so many of us agree to forgo praying in the public schools for that reason. Each parent can teach their child that praying is possible wherever they are and does not have to be done with others or aloud.

What is also great about America is that people like Mr. Judea Pearl live in this country and follow what every religion professes, which is to love your neighbor as yourself and practice forgiveness. Yes, Islamic religion believes this, too.  Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three closely related religions that all revere Abraham, and all believe that Jesus was an important prophet.

From the Qur’an or Koran, the holy book of Islam: “Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” Fourth Hadith of an-Nawawi 13.

Mr. Pearl is an amazing example of loving one’s brother or neighbor. From an interview in Newsweek:  “When Professor Judea Pearl says that he ‘wants revenge’ and that ‘it’s a natural, primitive feeling’, you can understand why. To lose an only son in the tragic way he did – Daniel, 38, a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted and beheaded in 2002 in Pakistan by Islamic extremists who also filmed his murder, would destroy most fathers. But the enlightened ‘revenge’ that Professor Pearl is pursuing is not what you’d expect. ‘Hatred took my son,’ he says, ‘and hatred I shall fight for the rest of my life. Mr. Pearl goes on to say, “When the American consulate phoned us with the devastating news that Danny was dead, my first response was amazement, amazement that the blood still flowed in my veins, that I could still lift an arm. A knife had been plunged through my heart and I was surprised I could still move my fingers. And yet within days, he and his wife, Ruth, had decided to harness the raw energy released by their anger and grief to establish a foundation promoting understanding between Muslims and Jews. ‘We couldn’t cope with the idea that Danny’s service to humanity was terminated and we wanted to create a legacy that embodied his gentle, golden spirit. You see, our son was born with an awful affliction – a belief in the goodness of humanity, and a total absence of malice.”

Perhaps Daniel Pearl had an absence of malice because his father was the example we should all aspire to emulate.

America is great because we have free speech. With freedom comes responsibility and in the case of free speech, it is every citizens’ responsibility to search for the truth. Such as the building of a Mosque in New York City, which is not being built at Ground Zero as is often stated, but two blocks away at the site of the old Burlington Coat Factory. It will be a community center with a library, a gym, an auditorium, a restaurant and a mosque. It will host events that encourage multi-faith dialogue.

And the words from the imam, Faisal Abdul Rauf, who is the religious leader behind the project, “It will establish this community as the place where the moderate Muslim voice condemns terrorism and works for new, peaceful, and harmonious relationships with all New Yorkers.

As Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” This is true as we can see from President Kennedy’s opponents who feared or hated Catholics and said that if Kennedy got the presidency, the Pope would be running our country.

The below paragraph comes from the Journal of Church and State, March 27, 1997:

Kennedy’s Catholicism was in fact a key (if diffuse) issue in the campaign: the religious distrust that Kennedy had to address in order to be a viable candidate for the presidency in 1960 spanned the cultural spectrum from a crude prejudice against “micks”–pressed by hooded “patriots” who burned crosses in the night–to highly literate, liberal concerns–voiced by some of the most respected seminary professors in the nation–about the hegemonic designs of a religious institution that had held, for many centuries, that “error has no rights.” The Houston speech was the Kennedy team’s most organized effort to address the entire spectrum of doubters–from “mick-haters” to bureaucrats in the “God Box” on Morningside Heaths–and to, finally and permanently, put the issue to rest.

We are at war with Al-Qaeda, not Islam. Media blasted their entertainment/news to inform Americans that we were in a “War on Terror.” And whatever a citizen’s response is to that, we are not at war with American Muslims who want to practice a legitimate religion.

Adolph Hitler professed to be a Christian and stated: “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” Every religion has fanatics who do not represent the faithful followers of  that religion, as Christians would not identify themselves with Hitler or Timothy McVeigh.

America is great because its constitution gives each person the right to practice their religion without harassment from others, and America is great because a synagogue, church, or Mosque can be built anywhere in this country, or can it?


Posted August 31, 2010 by strongjacksonpoet54 in Essays

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