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Freedom and the “Ground Zero Mosque”

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Freedom transcends comfort and popular public opinion. The Constitution of the United States guarantees that even unpopular and offensive ideas and actions are protected. Just because something makes us uncomfortable does not give us the right to trample the rights of others.

The “Ground Zero Mosque” is a perfect example. Many who claim to be strong defenders of the Constitution and Bill Of Rights in one breath are more than happy to disregard and ignore our founding documents in the next. The knee jerk reaction from the right is both frustrating and disturbing. First, let’s look at the facts:

Despite claims from certain groups on the right, this is a proposed Islamic center – not a mosque. Some would say that there is no difference but the fact is, the word “mosque” is going to spark a much stronger negative reaction. Secondly, the location is not at “ground zero.” It is several blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.

Over the last few days I have heard some very disheartening things from Republicans, Christians and members of the Tea Party movement. Some are saying the government should step in and take the property through eminent domain. Others say the government should mandate what is or is not allowed to be built on the property. Still others say that if they do build an Islamic center, they will get a group together and burn it down.

All of these people claim to be strong defenders of freedom but seem to be jumping at the chance to shred the rights and freedom of others. How can they pretend to support private property rights when they want to seize property? How can they say they support freedom of religion when they want to say where certain religions can or cannot be practiced? How can they say they believe in peaceful solutions to problems when they call for violence?

The sad fact is, many of these individuals only want people to be free to do things that they find appropriate. To them, freedom must fit in the box they put it in. They scream about their rights when their private property is taken. They scream about freedom of religion when their religion is infringed upon. They say that Christianity promotes peace and that Islam promotes violence and then they talk about attacking and burning down religious buildings that they don’t approve of. Am I the only one who thinks the hypocrisy is sickening? These people support the very same tyranny that they say they are opposing.

If we want to keep America free we should heed the wise words of Thomas Paine:

“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

The Flagstaff Tea Party has two sign rallies planned in the next month or so. I plan on attending but want to make one thing clear…if anyone shows up with a sign that complains about the “Mosque at Ground Zero” I will pack up and leave. I have chosen to defend freedom and liberty and to oppose tyranny in all of its forms. I will not stand with those who insist on promoting their own version of tyranny. FREEDOM and LIBERTY for ALL!!! That includes Muslims.

Keep up the fight to defend freedom and the Constitution!


  1. Don
    September 3, 2010 at 2:53 am

    I read this at the meeting and was a little surprised. I don’t know what the local color has to say about the matter, but I am quite familiar with the national debate, and some of the more prominent voices within it. That being said, I have to point out that the only people arguing about the constitutional right of this group to build this center are the far left pundits who are accusing opponents of bigotry, hypocrisy and other nasty things.
    As far as I can tell, the opposition to the center takes two forms: The first is the one where people are arguing that the founders of this center should CHOOSE (not be forced in any way by the legal system) to move their mosque to a more suitable location as this would make huge strides in engendering the kind of understanding and bridge building that these people claim to be trying to produce. The second comes from some of the more popular conservative talkers on radio, TV and the web, who think that, in light of the Imam Rauf’s controversial and suspicious statements AND in light of his refusal to elaborate on the sources of funding for this project AND in light of the suspicious nature of some of the known funding sources for this mosque AND in light of the clear and present danger that is radical Islam in the past decade (including the misuse of places of worship for the housing and supplying of terrorists INSIDE the US), that an investigation should be launched to probe the actual nature of the proposed Islamic Center.
    Neither argument suggests that constitutional rights should be infringed, abridged or otherwise monkey’d with, merely that due process should be followed, and that people should use a little common sense.
    I, personally, think a coalition of the faithful from all religious persuasions should join forces with the Imam, and his backers (should they be sincere and not-suspect), and a center for religious tolerance and learning (not universalist, just inter/intra-faith) should be built, closer to the site, with a mission to end religious violence, discrimination, and misunderstanding around the globe. a decent compromise, considering that this is what the group SAYS that they want to do anyway (save for the fact that their building would be muslim only), and it would address the fact that the horror of 9/11 was caused by religious extremists who believed in conversion at the edge of a sword.

  2. September 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Don, I wanted to respond to this portion of your comment:

    “That being said, I have to point out that the only people arguing about the constitutional right of this group to build this center are the far left pundits who are accusing opponents of bigotry, hypocrisy and other nasty things.”

    Conservative and libertarian individuals and organizations were arguing about the constitutional right of the group to build the Islamic center from day one. Here are a couple quick examples:



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