For years and years,
we’ve been told by the ACLU that all you need to silence, censor and punish
religious expression is just one offended individual.
If one, single
solitary individual is offended by a Ten Commandments monument, or a national
Day of Prayer, or a prayer offered in Jesus’ name, or the use of the Bible in a
public school, why, we must immediately stamp it out. We must apply a hefty
dose of legal Round-Up to kill off religious expression and sterilize the
ground all around the site.
No quarter must be
given. The offenders, the perpetrators, must be driven by judicial jihad from
the public square in abject humiliation for daring to provoke delicate
sensibilities through their lack of sensitivity to the easily offended.
Well, where is the
ACLU when you really need them? The Ground Zero mosque offends 70% of the
American public and 63% of New Yorkers. Now according to the ACLU, the First
Amendment is irrelevant when someone’s feelings have been bruised. If at least
one person is upset by some religious display, that’s all the ACLU needs to
drive the offending party into oblivion.
Bottom line: the
ACLU should be leading the parade to stop this mosque from being built at
Ground Zero. The fact that they aren’t is another proof that the real
name of this benighted organization is the Anti-Christian Liberty Union.
In fact, the ACLU
has suddenly discovered emanations and penumbras radiating out from the First
Amendment. But they emanate and penumbrate in one direction and one direction
only: they shed their sacred light on 51 Park Place and on America’s 3000
mosques and no place else.
All of a sudden the
ACLU has magically realized that “[t]he free exercise of religion is one of
America's most fundamental freedoms...We see the center as a monument to
pluralism, symbolic of America's commitment to religious freedom.”
You want Christian
liberty, the liberty actually guaranteed by the First Amendment of the
Constitution? Fuhgedaboutit. We will crucify you, we will harass you, we will
intimidate you, we will drain your coffers dry enriching ourselves through
court-ordered attorney’s fees.
You want Muslim
liberty, which wasn’t contemplated by the Founders at all? Well that’s a First
Amendment of a different color. The ACLU will be the best friend you will ever
have in the world.
As eminent Supreme
Court justice Joseph Story said in his discussion of the history of the First
Amendment, “The real object of the amendment was, not to countenance, must
less to advance Mohametanism, or Judaism, or infidelity by prostrating
Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects and to prevent
any national ecclesiastical establishment...” (emphasis mine).
In other words, the
Founders adopted the First Amendment to protect freedom of religious expression
for all Christian denominations and weren’t even thinking about
And so under the
ACLU’s junta, First Amendment protections are stripped from those for whom the
First Amendment was written, and awarded to those for whom it was not.
It’s not an America
the Founders would recognize.
noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)