While watching the rallies in New York the other day of both sides arguing about whether this community center which would provide a prayer room for Muslims should be built a few blocks away from the site of the twin towers. I could not help but to notice a few of the antics of those opposed which was similar to those antics of those who were so vocal during the healthcare debate. Not only were some of the antics the same but some of the signs as well.
Not knowing how Obama fit into this maze of a private business being able to build on private land in the city of New York, I was surprised to see signs of disrespect aimed toward this president and there were even a gentleman wearing an Obama mask with horns. Is it really that much hate in the world was even a disagreement between residents of cities feeling it necessary to take that opportunity to attempt to demean a president?
If these same organizers are a part of this opposition then the answer is clear. For quite some time we have been hearing about the denial of constitutional rights by some Americans who will also be the first to tell you that those same rights are the building blocks of this nation. Having served in uniform, I know for a fact that many, if not all, of those who served and continue to serve do so mainly to insure that all Americans will be able to enjoy the rights and freedoms afforded to us by our constitution and the blood shed by those who went before us.
While I can sympathize with those who lost loves ones on 911 and their right to protest anything which may demean their memories, I still have to insist that attempting to deny the rights of others does the same to the memory of those soldiers, sailors and marines that died to keep our nation free. Which one of these memories triumphs the other? Neither really but they both must be respected.