Yes it has been a long time since I posted anything here. It’s not that I quit caring about these issues or anything like that. Rather it has been that there has been a lot going on and more to write about than I have time for. Which to pick?
Also, it has been frustrating watching the right simply make things up in an effort to tear our nation apart. It really made it, at times, difficult to consider making rational, reasonable statements rather than just raging at the horror of it all. Rage is not something I want to write.
Unfortunately, over the last couple days there has been a lot of news over a Islamic community center near planned near ground zero in NYC. The right wants to use this to get people worked up since the idea makes people uncomfortable because of 9/11. However, this is a clear 1st Amendment case. There is no good reason for this community center to be built right where it is.
I was planning on writing more about the case and the controversy surrounding it. It turns out there has already been a great opinion piece written on the subject:
Just because Muslims seem different than mainstream America is no reason to deny them their 1st Amendment protections. It will be tragic if far-right extremism prevents this from being built; as it will show that 9/11 truly made America a worse nation due to fear of the unknown.