Meanwhile, after all the preachy mouthings about inclusion, etc. on behalf of Muslims, Wiccans, Druids, or any nontraditional cult or sect, ideological soulmates of elitists are doing their level best to obliterate Christianity from the public arena. They lack the intellectual honesty to remind anyone that 50 percent of all Americans attend religious services at least once a month, and 80 percent believe in God. Meanwhile, 30 percent (sic) claim to be atheistic. How curious! The smallest cross violates separation of church and state, but the draconian imposition of this atheistic belief system by our fair and open-minded federal judicial system does not. Don’t we just love democracy in action?
For all their diligence, the voices decrying supposed constitutional violations of the separation of church and state neglect the critical point that this legal linchpin is not even in the Constitution. It was extracted from the personal writings of Thomas Jefferson, and canonized into law via high-handed federal judges. It would seem they are misreading the Constitution’s guarantee of “freedom of religion” as “freedom from religion.”
Meanwhile our president can find reasons to skip the National Day of Prayer, but find time to host a Ramadan dinner.
The caustic national rhetoric has obscured some other critical points. Our country’s history of unfettered, unencumbered religion erupted in the greatest development of freedoms , human rights and dignity, in the history of the world, various protestations of historical revisionists aside.
It seems the greater message from progressive elitists is, “do as I say, but not as I do!” it is a confusing message to be sure.
A close inspection of unrestrained atheism reveals an entirely different story. The four greatest mass murderers in mankind’s history – Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung and Pol Pot, were all unrepentant atheists. If this mosque follows Islam’s traditional path, it’s not good news for America’s legacy of freedom and human rights. But that’s fine as long as we all are tolerant, inclusive and gullible.
JOHN MARTINDALE, Sugar Valley