Round And Round We Go

Back in the news (or maybe it never left–perhaps it was overshadowed recently by more important news like Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes) is the debate over the mosque waiting to be built near Ground Zero. Some see no reason why it should not be built, in the name of religious freedom and there are those who are adamant against it…in the name of religious freedom. Yes, this is the greatest country in the world but even with that, there should be a modicum of sensitivity and respect to those who lost their lives and to those who survived them. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, apparently in favor of the construction made this statement: “In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of the firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks asked: ‘What God do you pray to? What beliefs do you hold?’ We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting.” Of course not, they were doing the job they were trained to do, to save lives. It could have been any religious background behind the attacks, but that it was a faction of the Muslim religion, having this building so close to Ground Zero also dishonors the firefighter’s lives.

President Obama, in his statement said this: Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship…on private property in lower Manhattan…. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.” The Leader of the Free World letting down those who still live in the shadow of the attacks, who might not be able to separate one sect from another of the Muslim religion while they flip through pages in a photograph album, wondering whatever might have become of their loved ones had they not so cruelly been taken from them.

I also remember hearing more of what Obama said on the news and the line was “We treat everyone in America the same.” Which brings me to yet another topic: gay marriage. Now California has put the just over-turned ban on same-sex marriage on hold. That’s not treating everyone in America the same. Another quote I heard, and I wish I had saved it so I could take it down verbatim and also to credit the author, who was someone who commented on the story on the news and it concerned the ban on same-sex marriage and how it effects family values. It went something like this: “If you are going to stop same-sex marriage …then you must also stop straight divorce. What does that say about family values?”

What does any of it say about values in general?

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One Response to “Round And Round We Go”

  1. Melissa Says:

    This is heavy. Topics that evoke many strong feelings (for some). But I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned the issue that we, as a country, should really come together and focus on the most — Lindsay Lohan!

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