“Freedom of Religion”, but only if you’re Christian

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Muslims, Opinion, Religion
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It is the commonly statement amendment in the United States Consitution:

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.

The problem is, even though our country allows the freedom of religion, they do not protect those who attempt to practice their religious beliefs freely.

The perfect example of this occurred last year, when Pastor Terry Jones decided to have a public burning of the Quran to protest the building of a Mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Believe me, I can see where the controversary with this idea arises, but to go to the extreme of burning the Islamic holy book is too far. This barbaric protest is not different than a Muslim burning the Holy Bible. You can’t tell someone what they believe is wrong, and, supposedly in our country, you are not allowed to torture someone just for believing something other than the majority.

I understand the harsh feelings our country has toward the Muslim nation, but you cannot blame what happened in 2001 on every single person who believes in the Islamic religion. Do African-Americans still blame whites in the south for their enslavement for hundreds of years?

Our country pressures us to stay with the majority to the point where anything else is considered blasphemy. Christians are no more entitled to practicing their religion than anybody else. The sooner our country opens their squinted eyes and embraces the diverse land we live in, the better off we will be.

  1. “but to go to the extreme of burning the Islamic holy book is too far.”

    I have to disagree.

    Which may seem strange, as I’m an atheist.

    I believe Jones is an idiot. That being said, provided he owned the Korans and there was no chance of a fire getting out of hand, he was perfectly in his rights within the First Amendment to burn them.

    That doesn’t mean I think his beliefs are correct, or good. But as he wasn’t actually harming anyone, he has the right to do what he wants. Just like anyone should have the right to burn an American flag, or a Bible, or any other book.

    The price of the freedom of speech is putting up with stupid speech.

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