8.18.2010

Why Christians Should Support a Mosque near Ground Zero

More than once I have heard stories of churches who were denied the opportunity to build a worship center where they deemed fit. Sometimes there was a hidden agendas, sometimes there were legitimate zoning issues. Regardless, they felt that their freedoms, their religious freedom no less, was being restricted.



Having watched this 'ground zero' mosque debate for a while, I think this opinion by Ms. Parker says what I would say. We should let that mosque be built, no, better yet, we should applaud the building of that mosque, precisely to highlight the differences between those who embrace freedom and those who appose it. Some have argued that because there are virtually no churches in Saudia Aribia, that somehow means we should champion restricting the religious freedom of Muslims. But is that the standard we want to stoop up to? Are we saying we want to be like them?

I like what one talking head said the other day on TV. "If an Evangelical, anti-gay rights church wants to build in the middle of a gay friendly neighborhood in San Fransico, let them! That is what religious liberty is all about."

As Christian sojourners, temporary visitors in this nation, we should advocate for what is in the best interest of both us and our temporary home, namely religious liberty. When we ensure religious liberty for others, we ensure it for ourselves; and we set a sharp contrast between us and those who would appose religious liberty, one of the founding principles of this country.

3 comments:

trencherbone said...

The Victory Mosque is just the visible tip of a very large iceberg. Beneath the surface of Western societies, Muslims are waging a campaign of infiltration, subversion, sedition and social sabotage, with the objective of destroying our countries and way of life from within.

David Best said...

And you suggest we do what about that trencherbone? Act the way they do?

David Baxley said...

Well Said David. It seems there are two parts to this. The religious Christian war and the Politcal war.

The "Religious War" should never be feared by christians because the presence of one relelgion should allow for more discussion on the difference between Christianity and others. If Christianity is real and "the way' (Which I think it is) then the presence of another religion allows us to highlight the truth of Christ and bring about a more authentic faith in us and others. If the christian faith of us, our churches, or our nation (for those that think we are one) is not authentic then I fear that more then another religious presence.

And David as far as the political war is expressed... You counter that and speak to that so well I have nothing more to add....right now at least :)