Saturday, August 14, 2010

New York Post Claims Obama Blessed Ground Zero Mosque

     The New York Post has a big fat religious lie printed in its headlines this morning: "Obama Blesses Ground Zero Mosque," "Allah Right by Me," and "Obama Gives Blessing to Ground Zero Mosque."
Image from Joe.My.God

     This is a lie.  President Obama did not bless a mosque.  He's neither a priest, rabbi, nor an imam.  He merely put the "controversy" over the building of a mosque in lower Manhattan into its historical, legal, and actual context, challenging the hateful stereotypes that all Muslims are terrorists and want to destroy America.  

     What about the right-wing Christians that want to impinge upon the religious liberties of others?  Are they not destroying the "American" and "family" values on which our nation was founded, a nation where each individual has the inalienable right to practice the religion of her/his choice or none at all?

     Here are some excerpts from President Obama's remarks concerning the building of a mosque near ground zero. No where in the full text, which ironically you can read in the New York Post (linked here), does President Obama "bless" the lower Manhattan mosque.
     Our founders understood that the best way to honor the place of faith in the lives of our people was to protect their freedom to practice religion. In the Virginia Act of Establishing Religion Freedom, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.” The First Amendment of our Constitution established the freedom of religion as the law of the land. And that right has been upheld ever since.
     Indeed, over the course of our history, religion has flourished within our borders precisely because Americans have had the right to worship as they choose — including the right to believe in no religion at all.
     As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the founders must endure.
     Our capacity to show not merely tolerance, but respect towards those who are different from us — and that way of life, that quintessentially American creed, stands in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us on that September morning, and who continue to plot against us today.

     (Now if President Obama would only see the plank in his own eye, as he continues to impose his version of Christian belief upon the rights of LGBT Americans.)