The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero and 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America have announced a protest against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero on their websites. It takes place this Sunday morning, August 22nd, at 11 am. Of all the NY events that take place year-round, this protest is a major one for it demonstrates American democracy in action.
On August 22nd American democracy will ring from Ground Zero.
Several aspects of American democracy are involved in the controversy over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. We have heard much about Freedom of Religion since the news broke of the proposed mosque. Freedom of religion is a U. S. Constitutional First Amendment Right. However, it is not the only First Amendment Right. Two more First Amendment Rights are “freedom of speech” and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble”.
The August 22nd protest is a prime example of American democracy and the First Amendment in action.
Proponents for the mosque to be built two blocks from Ground Zero have the First Amendment Right to freedom of religion.
Opponents of the mosque’s near Ground Zero location have the First Amendment Rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.
Both parties’ opposing views are protected by the same amendment. That’s American democracy and it will ring from Ground Zero on August 22nd.
American democracy is always in action. Yet, we don’t always recognize it for many times it is subtle. This article is an example of American democracy. I am an American and I am free to write and publish it.
American democracy is such an everyday part of Americans’ lives we may, but never should, take it for granted. When was the last time you recognized it? When was the last time you saw it in action? When was the last time you participated in it?
On August 22nd, American democracy will ring from Ground Zero. It is your chance to see American democracy in action. For more information about the protest, please refer to the links.
*The author is not a member of any group mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed are solely her own. They do not reflect the opinions of Associated Content/Yahoo for its editors declined to publish articles about the protest, twice.