Using our Rights against Our Own: The 9-11 Mosque and Religious Rights

: : : : : :  There is one consistent factor of our society which we are seeing more and more: Using our rights against ourselves in order to protect others.:  A great recent example is the 9-11 Mosque.:  Almost daily, people are debating the 9-11 Mosque and whether it should be placed two blocks where terrorists involved in the same religion took down the twin towers and changed the nation and the world forever.:  When the Mosque was first announced, it was a blip on the television. Aside from some conservative groups and tea party members, even the related rallies was lacking publicity despite taking place right where most mainstream media has their central headquarters.:  Now that it has been approved, people are screaming and the media responding.

: : : :  : Just as immediately, political leaders began to state the right to practice religion as a reason why this factor should not be evaded.:  Aside from the fact that the head of the project will not present where his millions in funding came from and has discussed his project in one breath while: blaming America for the attack in the second, America once again has to turn the other cheek while being spit in the face.:  Defending religious freedom by allowing the mosque to be built on this location is about as moot as it can be.:  Religious freedom is freedom to practice; this is a right we are nowhere near touching when discussing this issue.:  In fact, if we were really restricting this right, we would be building a border around the entire state of New York. : : Leaning against our own rules regarding religious freedom, we are doing nothing more rewording and misinterpreting a right to assist an objective that is connected to our tragic history and national security.

: : : : : :  Yes, we are a superpower nation. However, this in no way restricts us from protecting hallowed ground; especially from an organization whose background is connected to the event which caused it to become such a place.:  Our rights are to protect our nation and its citizens from the: aftermaths this would cause if allowed.

: : : : : :  Placing aside the fact that this nation should protect its own first with: our rights,: this atrocity is also an unneeded factor of their religion, location wise, in the first place. Not only is the Muslim majority no where near the area chosen, but prospective members will have to pass other Muslim mosques to even enter the parking lot of this proposed location.

Despite this situation being a cause for debate and one that has probably for many opened up some wounds, the positive is that we as a nation are seeing the true colors of many leaders. President Obama has not only approved of the mosque, but has stated despite backlash he does not regret his comments.:  Mayor Bloomberg has gone as far as to call the people who oppose the Mosque Bigots.:  Nonetheless, the spit mark this will leave on many heroes’ faces should not occur.:  There is no need for it for the religion as there is no need for us to protect others with our rights while ignoring the sacrifices of our own and our responsibility to respect their memory.

Heather Bachman

Former White House Intern and campaign manager, Heather Bachman is an increasingly recognized political strategist and correspondent. It was during her college career that Heather Bachman's life first became political. An outspoken member of the collegiate governance and Human Relations Advisory Board, Heather produced and hosted two political radio programs (first of their kind for the University). One, The Political Hour mirrored the famed FoxNews Hannity and Colmes program and the other The Bachman Group mirrored The McLaughlin Group. Both won her the University's prestigious Rhett Rich Award. Heather served under President George W. Bush as a White House Intern before graduating Monmouth University with Pi Sigma Alpha Honors. She continued her political education and objectives serving under former Congressman J.C. Watts, Senator Sean T. Kean and taking positions in local campaigns from Assembly to Congress to President. Today, Heather is producing the radio program Heather on the Hill which is currently being shopped for a network home but until then can be heard online at Sundays at 10am EST. She says she created them in order to fill a void within the conservative political community as well as society as a whole which, she believes, has affected elections and therefore the nation’s future too many times.

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