Americans should defend all rights

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It’s not hard to argue that Ground Zero is a sacred place to most Americans. With the recent proposal to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque two blocks from the devastation of the world trade center, a groundswell of controversy and intolerance has surfaced.

Are we allowing our biases to determine our actions?

In our country, a country founded on freedom, the First Amendment states, “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.”

We are fighting a war against an adversary that despises our freedom. Questioning whether we allow anyone to build a mosque, or any other religious landmark, is replicating the mind set of our enemies.

During World War II, the “Double V Campaign” was a civil rights movement that focused on eliminating racial discrimination during the war. The motto was, “victory at home, victory abroad.”

The United States must keep focused on the reason we are fighting the current war on terror in the same manner we did back then.

It is more than understandable to have an emotional attachment to the tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11, but to expect the federal government to take action against the construction of the mosque is irrational.

Islam is not the enemy of America.

We are a nation built on freedom. We are a diverse and compassionate nation. We are now having our resolve tested, and now more than ever, must show the world the American spirit of liberty.

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