Friday, August 27, 2010

 

The Bill of Rights vs Being Offended

Debating the location and appropriateness of the "Ground Zero" mosque dominates much of the blogging and cable news programs this past couple of weeks. Cousin Pat from Georgia (his moniker, not really my cousin) obsesses over this issue. His primary point is that we don't abandon The Bill of Rights and the principles therein just because someone is offended. Although not a supporter of the mosque, I don't protest either. I accept that respecting the rights of others so that I may enjoy the same right involves my tolerating the unpleasant without whining.

Now, Glenn Beck will be holding a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Lo and behold, many liberals are fuming.
'Grifters' Exploit King's Legacy Salon's Joan Walsh writes, "it's galling to people who care about civil rights that grifters like Beck and Palin will desecrate the site of one of King's greatest speeches this weekend.
Beck has taken so seriously that he's organizing his very own white conservatives' march on Washington this weekend to mug Martin Luther King's memory and steal his dream.
More information of the controversy HERE.
Sharpton said he is concerned the Beck rally will focus on divisive issues such as the controversy over the mosque near Ground Zero rather than "building an equal society."

"They probably will raise it," Sharpton said of the mosque issue. Beck and Palin are vociferous foes of the mosque plan.
Hah! Sharpton criticizes Beck and Palin for having the same attitude towards the mosque as he (Sharpton) has towards Beck's rally. I have no interest in promoting Sharpton's version of equality, either. Paradoxically, Martin Luther King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, is scheduled to attend the rally.

For today's lesson, let's read all of the First Amendment, "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."

Those making a big deal out of the protests to the Ground Zero mosque (which is really 2 block away) claim, correctly, that we shouldn't suspend The Bill of Rights over being offended. Freedom of speech and the right of the people peaceably to assemble hold their spot along with "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." Come on guys. You don't have to be such blatant hypocrites. But, then again, that's the hallmark of modern liberalism and leftist thought. Any of you guys who criticize the attacks on the building of the mosque and don't defend the right to hold the rally and don't criticize those attacking Beck and his group commit a sin of omission, doing wrong by doing nothing.

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