DrewM is pissed off at Herman Cain for stating that the Constitution allows for local communities to ban the building of mosques in their area, claiming instead that the Constitution prohibits such banning.
They are, of course, both wrong. Herman even goes as far as to suggest that:
“Our Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Islam combines church and state,” Cain argued, as host Chris Wallace maintained that separation of church and state permits mosques to exist in any community.
Bzzzt… You just lost all of your points there by bringing up the mythical Constitutional “separation of church and state.” It’s not there. Nowhere to be found. Spend all night, every night going over it with a magnifying glass and you will find no such thing in there. What you will find is that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” and a bit about prohibiting religious testing for public office. Period. End. Stop.
DrewM, on the other hand, goes off the rails by saying:
But the wholesale banning of them because people don’t like Muslims or what they believe in? I’ll stand with the Constitution.
Bzzzt… again. The First Amendment at no point states that local communities can’t ban the erection of mosques, synagogues, cathedrals or churches any more than it keeps them from banning the building of liquor stores, strip clubs or drag racing circuits where they live.
You might wish that it did, but that doesn’t make it so.
You’ve got to fuel your outrage with the Constitution you have, rather than with the Constitution that you wish that you had, to paraphrase Don Rumsfeld.
So much for the Constitutional aspect. There is another one, of course: Are the citizens of Murfreesboro a bunch of bigoted asshats for not wanting a mosque next door? Perhaps. That’s a personal judgment. His Imperial Majesty, having grown up where you could find a pub on every street corner, has long been annoyed at the twits making it next to impossible to find a watering hole where he lives now for those times when you feel a need to wet the whistle a bit. But when you’re outnumbered regarding one of your preferences you’re outnumbered. Work to change it, try to convince the rest of your community that building a pub isn’t the same as inviting the Whore of Babylon in for tea and biscuits, something like that. Howling and screeching isn’t going to accomplish much.
Personally, given the history of Not All Muslims™ and their Religion of Peace™ as preached in their places of worship we can’t say that we’re all that offended by the Murfreesborians taking offense, any more than we’d be offended by any other community putting their feet down to stop Aryan Nation for building a temple to Adolf Hitler and Nazism right next door to them.
But that’s just us, your mileage may vary, as is your G-d given right.
We can argue about that if anybody feels like it, as we are sure that there are valid points to be made for either side.
Bottom line is the Constitution has nothing to do with this cat fight, so kindly leave that poor abused document alone.