Ground Zero

I’ve been following the news and current events lately, and I’ve been surprised by the controversy surrounding a group’s plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero in NYC. People, particularly tea baggers and Fox News, seem to be vehemently opposed to this peaceful exercise of first amendment rights.

Let’s revisit the First Amendment, which reads, “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.” This fundamental amendment guarantees freedom of religion, speech, and more. It not only allows tea baggers to voice their opinions but also grants the mosque the right to be located wherever they choose.

Having studied various religious texts like the Bible, the Qur’an, and Buddhist philosophy, I’ve found that they all share a common message: be kind to one another for a better life. Despite the news portraying certain religions in a negative light, it’s important to remember that these portrayals are often the interpretation of extremists. Most Muslims I’ve met are peaceful individuals who value tolerance and understanding, just like most Christians. The problem arises when extremists twist religious teachings to justify their hatred towards others.

In conclusion, I believe religion can be summarized in one simple phrase: “Be Excellent to Each Other.”






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