The Hypocrisy of the “Ground Zero Mosque”

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the building of an Islamic mosque near the site of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the basis of religious freedom supported by the 1st Amendments of the federal and New York state constitutions.  I agree with him. 

Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t like the idea of a mosque anywhere near Ground Zero but the Mayor’s interpretation of the law is correct.  The heart of federal and state 1st Amendments is that we must tolerate ideas and institutions that anger or even repel us but my question to Mayor Bloomberg is why tolerate a mosque but not a church plant?

You see, New York City has been fighting against churches using public buildings for more than 14 years!

For example, Bronx Household of Faith is a dynamic church that wanted to use a public school building to hold services on Sunday mornings but their request was denied. The case languished in the federal courts for years before finally reaching a positive conclusion at the U.S. Supreme Court (thanks largely to God working through the attorneys at the Alliance Defense Fund!).  The Bronx case is the reason churches can currently meet in public buildings in NYC.

Yet, New York City is fighting ADF again! They are currently trying to take a different legal tactic to kick churches out of public buildings.  

So, according to Mayor Bloomberg, a mosque near Ground Zero is religious freedom protected by the Constitution but churches in NYC public buildings run afoul of the same Constitution? Ridiculous!

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