His defense of that projectÂ is predicated on his conviction that no government in our democratic republic should haveÂ the right to prohibit any religious entity in AmericaÂ from building a church, temple, or mosque nor to prohibit the free exercise of any religion anywhere on our soil: http://tiny.cc/vvm19
BeckÂ Â was defending the First Amendment to the Constitution which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The left hasÂ twisted the meaning and intent of theÂ ”establishment clause” for years now and the Supreme Court has concurred that it means a strict separation of church and state even though those words never appear in the Constitution and in spite of the essential Christian religiousness of the Founding Fathers.
That brings us back to Glenn Beck and his defense of the planned Monster Mosque within spitting distance of the remains of the WTC.Â Not coincidentally, the 13-storyÂ ”Cordoba House” is scheduled to open on Park Place on theÂ tenth anniversary 0f the 9/11 attacks, September 11th, 2011.
Beck is a good man, if overly emotional,Â but is woefully wrong in his opinion on the Mega-Mosque and Islamic cultural center.
(See “The Monster Mosque at Groundzero,” http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=1697)
Glenn Beck only reinforces my 8 1/2 year conviction that 90% of Americans failed to grasp the emotional import and psychological impact of the Islamic homicidal/suicidalÂ attacks on 9/11 in New York City.
True, there was that devastating attack on the Pentagon and the foiled attack that ended up in a barren field in Shanksville, PA but neither of those resulted in as many innocent deaths as occurred in the destruction of the two World Trade Towers.
It’s all but impossible to describe the effects of those attacks on New Yorkers and on those who lived in the vicinity, Jersey and Connecticut commuters, workers, visitors, tourists, and passersby who luckily survived.
My favorite and personal story of a survivor is that of a niece who was late to her job in WTC Tower Two and who survived because she was late to work since she was baking a cake for her sister’s birthday.Â Months later, she was upset because she couldn’t get a cab in the rainÂ and complained that she had no luck.
My least favorite of true 9/11 storiesÂ included the one involving a Polish immigrant girl who lost her husband on 9/11 and threw herself off a Bronx roof a month later.Â Â The other was the tale of a woman who escaped the WTC that morning and when told the WTC towers were “gone,” asked incredulously, “What do you mean?Â Â They’re gone?”
They were gone, the unthinkable had happened and al-qaeda had succeeded beyond their wildest imagining in destroying those two towers.Â Â TheÂ point of all this is that Glenn Beck is wrong about the Monster Mosque because he doesn’t fullyÂ understand the immense horror of it all, the 2,800 dead, the 15 or so who leapt toÂ certain deaths, the utter physical devastation, the indescribable mental shock to New York City.Â Â Â
The Pentagon crash of American Airlines flight 77 was essentially an assault on a military target, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, the Pennsylvania crash of United’s flight 93 caused no harm except for the murder of the passengers.Â The crashes of American Airline’s flight 11Â and United’s 175 into the heart of America’s financial center literally hit home.Â Â
Glenn BeckÂ cannot possibly relate to the sense of horror New Yorkers feel at the thought of erecting a mosque adjacent to the WTC.Â He wasn’t there on 9/11.Â He cannot possibly understand what New Yorkers feel at the thought of an Islamic edifice in proximity to theÂ former World Trade Center.Â He cannot graspÂ why terrorists who screamed “Allahu akbar” (Allah is great) just before impact should have a monument erected in theirÂ and Allah’s honor.
If Beck did understand, he, too, would stand in opposition to this new Islamic assault on New York and its residents.Â The MuslimÂ right to free exercise of their religion is in no way infringed upon by a refusal to allow them to insult the memory of the victims of 9/11.