He said that Muslims have as much right to practice their religion as Christians do to practice theirs, but was not commenting on whether it was wise for those Muslims to build a structure for Islamic studies near ground zero in New York.
This is a subtle way of saying our constitution is not wise to allow minority religions to be practised in the home of the free.
I must disagree.
The President was spot on to defend the constitution, as all the bigots and other fools in government should do, because number one they took an oath to do so.
The oath of office is clear about this issue:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.(Wikipedia, emphasis added). The oath those who enter the military, the federal judiciary, or congress take is to the same effect:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.(Wikipedia, emphasis added). The bigots who are all aTwitter about an Islamic building being built near ground zero are ideologically foreign to the U.S. Constitution and the oath they took.
The U.S. Constitution is the definition of what is wise in terms of social, secular wisdom, leaving religions to decide what is wise in their religion.
Therefore, the U.S. Constitution also defines what is unwise, for example bigotry against a religion that is different from your own.
UPDATE: For those who didn't know, the attack on American Muslims comes from the religious right then is cuddled by MOMCOM's media as a silly attack on the president.
If you want to pick up some of the music of right wing religion, showing some of their talent and sentiments, check out the two album covers.
Again Dredd Blog asks, what is wiser, these bigots or the U.S. Constitution?
Who ya gonna call?
If you want a larger version, click on the photo you want enlarged, then reach out and touch somebody.
UPDATE 2: The Muslim mosque or prayer area at the Pentagon, which was also attacked on 9/11, works just fine with no protests there.
Methinks wicked politics is at play here, bigotry is a toy of the wicked propagandists.
Time magazine has an article on the moderate Imam involved in the Islamic Cultural Center at issue.