Az Blue Meanie is doing a terrific job of covering the faux controversy about the proposed Muslim center in Manhattan.
Just one quick thought from me.
Let's say I really dislike the idea of a Muslim Center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. I don't mind it a bit, but let's say, for the sake of argument, I do.
One of the basic principles of this country is, if something is legal and constitutional, we have to allow it, even if I and many others dislike it.
And the main reason we allow things we dislike is, if some people dislike something I want to do which is legal and constitutional, I don't want them to have the right to stop me from doing it.
It's all about America's policy of toleration, which is tested and expanded on a regular basis. No one can make a person feel tolerant of others, but we have a system that promotes tolerance. It's one of our best features.
Anyone who hates the idea of a Muslim Center near the World Trade Center site has a perfect right to do so. But if a Jewish or a Catholic or a Lutheran community center can be built on that site, so can a Muslim Community Center. That's the only test that matters.
Guaranteed freedoms like that are among the things that make America great. Please don't take our freedoms away from us.