The Ground Zero Mosque and Democracy

Democracy: When 51% can take the rights of the other 49. 

This mosque fiasco is a perfect example of the tyranny of the majority.  I don’t even believe that this majority believes they are being benevolent — how could they?  There is no way people can be so animalistic and strightforward with hate and at the same time think they are fighting for justice (did anyone else see the older lady in the red screaming during a townhall-like meeting?).

At first, I was hesitant to support the building, but no more.  This thing needs to be built; it is no longer about Islamic public relations (which is what I thought the intial intention was), but a fight for the very liberties Americans claim to hold dear.  Islamic and sexual-orientation freedom are, in my view, the civil rights movement of our generation.

I was hoping the American people were moving towards a stance of principle, even it was only a principle of limited government for convenience.  However, it seems the convenience is without question the defining feature of this new opposition to government, which turns out to only oppose the government doing personally unpleasant things.  Apparently Muslims aren’t deserving of religious freedom, property rights, or free speech:  “How dare they buy something and then use it how they want!  How dare they try and promote religious freedom!  This is America, and these colors don’t run!”

Once again we must use the Bill of Rights to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.  Gotta love democracy.

One step forward, two steps back.

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