I’ve been listening to the news recently as well as reading up on current events, which isn’t unusual, and have been surprised to hear the uproar that’s been caused by a group wanting to put a mosque a few blocks away from Ground Zero in NYC.  People are up in arms and by people I mean tea baggers, fox new, etc., all over a peaceful group who wants to exercise their first amendment rights. 

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.

So now that we have the text, lets review it, after all it’s the first amendment and since our forefathers decided to write some things down when they created our current political structure and made this one first we should know this by heart.  In this single amendment we have freedom of religion, speech, etc.  Not only does this amendment make it possible for tea baggers to make asses of themselves, it should also give the mosque a right to be go wherever they want.  If they want to put one right at the former site of the world trade center they should be allowed, if not encouraged to put something there.

I’ve read the bible and the Qur’an and I’ve read Buddhist philosophy, all of them are basically saying the same thing, after all they borrow heavily from one another, be groovy to each other and life will be ok.  Something we forget when we hear in the news about the evils of one religion compared to another is that is the interpretation of some whack job.  Most islamists that I’ve met are very nice people and for the most part don’t hate others, they believe in tolerance and understanding when it comes to others beliefs.  Just like christians for the most part are decent people, they believe in tolerance and understanding.  Where it gets all mucked up is when nut jobs start interpreting the idea of a religion to form there own whacked out version.  Usually it involves a serious hatred of someone or a group of someone’s for personal reasons and therefore they feel the need to spread their hate to others to make themselves feel better.

Here’s my interpretation of religion all wrapped up in a nice little bow, and I quote "Be Excellent to Each Other." (Bill S. Preston, Esq.)

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