In part, because Real Life was happening and in part because a lot of what's made headlines has been tempests in teapots; still, now that the President of the Yew-Natted States has come down squarely and forthrightly on both sides of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, I might as well speak up, too:
Why should I give a darn what the religion of goat-herding and blowing yourself and others up is doing, two blocks away from where we should be -- but aren't -- rebuilding the World Trade Center even taller than before? Manhattan is already lousy with mosques. Some folks more or less on my side are upset 'cos Islam views mosques as "victory monuments." ...Not being a Muslim, I don't and in any case, the WTC attack was a "victory" like Pearl Harbor: it woke up a sleeping giant.
Some bloggers and commenters (and others, but do they count?) have suggested that the block needs a pork butcher, a gay bar, a strip club and/or a kosher deli and indeed, why not? But this is Manhattan; you can probably already get everything from smoky links to a nice half-done* within a block, or at least three. Plus, think what a handy place it'll be for picketing!
Freedom of religion means -- as Westboro Baptist has so often demonstrated -- putting up with all manner of nonviolent obnoxiousness and getting nonviolently offended in return. If they wanna build a mosque and play by American rules, so what? --And if they won't play by the rules, NYPD is always in need of live-fire practice; they're still battin' less than .500 and that's counting friendly fire. Heck, I'd even load mags for 'em.
The President says "tolerance;" I say "enough rope to hang themselves with." For the well-behaved, it comes to the same thing. For those who would abuse it, well, it's a short drop to a sudden stop, innit?
* So, you can't buy a crunchy half-done kosher dill pickle online. Dammit. Internets broken.
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