Maddog’s Rantings

Adam comes home tomorrow (today).  I’ll be happy when he’s back in NYC.  I’ve missed him.

That’s all I got.

No seriously.

Okay.

Well maybe not.

In case you guys didn’t know it.  I lean a little to the left.  Sometimes I wonder how I don’t fall over because I lean so far to the left.

I actually liked things better when I wasn’t so involved and informed.

But what can you do.

So there’s this little construction project being discussed in NYC.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it.  It’s being built about four blocks from ground zero and has the country in a tizzy.

Well.

It’s America.  A free country…so to speak.  Our rights are protected by the constitution.  And unless I’m mistaken there is a freedom of religion clause.

So these people need to sit down and shut the fuck up about the mosque.  Community Center.

As for the “holiness” of ground zero…There is a titty bar, an adult video store, a liquor store and an off track betting parlor closer.  What do these things do for the memory of the men and women who died.  And how solemn will the Starbucks be that’s going to be in the mall that’s in the basement of the new office building that’s going to occupy the site.  Do you think the employees entering and leaving the building will have to say a prayer each time they do so?   If we really want to honor the dead and create a memorial then build a park.  But in case you didn’t know it’s a HUGE spot of land that is worth billions of dollars.  Capitalism will always win out over anything else.

I don’t want to make light of what happened on 9/11.  It was a tragic event that has affected us all.  Unfortunately it’s being allowed to shape our nation in a way that’s not good.  The day/event/deaths should not be politicized.  Unfortunately the only reason people can give for not building the center is that it’s an insult to the deaths of 3,000 people.  You know what I think is an insult.  Dividing the country over it.  Using those deaths to spit on the constitution and declare the faiths of some of our citizens are not as valid as those of others.  We’ve heard for years that if we do this, don’t do that the terrorist will win.  You know what.  If we don’t build the center the terrorist will win.  Because it’s going to prove their point about how Americans view muslims and the Islamic faith.

As for me, I’d be happy if the constitution banned all religion.  Everyday it seems that I’m proven right that 90% of the issues in this country wouldn’t exist if organized religion went away.

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6 thoughts on “Maddog’s Rantings

  1. Lemuel August 26, 2010 / 06:41

    There is *so* much that has happened in the last decade (and this is perhaps the topper) that has indicated that the terrorists won and the right is so blind (or stupid) to see it. Surveillance. No habeas corpus. Gitmo. Waterboarding… Now this. We have proven to the world that we are not what we have said we are. Those that are not disgusted with us are laughing at us.

  2. Condoblogger August 26, 2010 / 12:18

    I’m going to be a chicken and not comment on the Community Center/Mosque, but I will say that I’m with you. I wish the constitution guaranteed me freedom FROM religion.

  3. Mike August 27, 2010 / 12:05

    Agree. Wholeheartedly. And I lean a little to the right.

    If the rest of the “Right” were true to their words, they would realize that the Constitution speaks to this subject, almost specifically.

    And then they should shut the fuck up.

  4. Sarah August 27, 2010 / 21:17

    The Constitution does grant us freedom from state-sponsored religion. Sadly, it also grants those non-demonational Christian cult members the right to blather on about their “religion” which causes the rest of us to start thinking about exercising our Second Amendment rights.

  5. Urspo August 29, 2010 / 12:14

    What a mess it all is. I agree with you a billion dollar piece of real estate is going to be hard to give up for a monumental park.

  6. Sparky August 29, 2010 / 17:12

    You should delete this post as it makes you look like a fool. A hypocritical fool. For you, of all people, to espouse freedom of religion is almost comical. You are quite the religious freedom fighter, unless it is Christianity. Perhaps you are not aware that Muslims believe homosexuality is punishable by death, and is often carried out in Muslim countries. I wonder how Iran’s gay marriage rights are coming along? While they do have a right to build a mosque near WTC, that does not make it the right thing to do. Let’s say a crazy member of Fred Phelp’s church blew up a GLBT center, and then good old Fred wanted to build a church on that site. I can just imagine the hate filled rant you would post in that situation, and “freedom of religion” would certainly not be a consideration.

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