Colonel Tarleton was a British colonel in the American Revolutionary War, best known for the Buford Massacre, in which he ignored the American white flag of surrender and mercilessly slaughtered 113 men. Obviously, bygones are bygones, and we hold the British people in no greater or lesser esteem for the fact. But let us say, for the sake of an argument, that a modern-day Brit bought the land outside of Lancaster, South Carolina, where the Massacre took place, and proceeded to erect a great Union Jack over the site. Should it stand? The Britainer himself may not be a murderer, and we know most certainly that the British are not evil people, but does his symbol represent treason? Hate-speech? Or simply bad taste?
America, via the Enola Gay, dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan to end the Second World War, decimating the city and killing thousands upon thousands of innocent people. For the sake of sound discussion, let us say that an American man, many years later, purchased the land where the bomb first struck, and planted a massive American flag and full set of presidential busts on it. Should it stand? The American himself may be a decent man, but is the symbol not an insult enough to be censored? Does it not cross the line?
Martin Luther King was assassinated in what was the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Let us say, because we can, that a modern member of the Knight’s Party – previously known as the Ku Klux Klan – bought that land and painstakingly built beautiful marble fountain, complete with the Confederate flag. Should it stand? The Knight’s Party claims it’s message is now one of love, not hate, and the Confederate flag, for many people, is a symbol of historic pride, not oppression. Is it hate speech, or simply bad taste?
Muslim radicals, in the name of Allah and Islam, recently murdered thousands of innocent Americans by destroying the Twin Towers in New York City, using planes as weapons to decimate them. Let us say, for the sake of actual events, that a group of Muslims, but a few years later, sought to purchase the land next to this tragic site. They sought to build a mosque. A mosque funded by Saudi Arabian money. The Muslims themselves may be decent men, for we know most certainly that the followers of Islam are not all evil people. But should it stand? Is it not a symbol enough? Does it not cross the line of the freedom of religion to the point of disturbing the peace and committing treason? Is it hate? Or simply bad taste? In case I’ve lost any readers in analogy, I offer the following statement: The afore-mentioned is actually happening.
Let us not forget the importance of symbols. To build a mosque is a symbol of victory. In the eyes of Muslims, it changes the very land from that of the infidels, to that of Allah, as it was in Constantinople, Cordova, the Holy Land, and modern Paris. Islam is no mere religion, as if it were but another Springtown Road First Baptist Holy Church of God of Jesus of the Holy Bible. It is sharia; a government, and the mosque is the very center of that government. Make no mistake then, about the meaning one government gives to another when it establishes its center upon their ruins.
Also, let us not forget the importance of sacred places. National and State Parks, there regardless of whether the people want them, are kept safe from industrialists and developers, whether or not those developers simply wish to practice their American right of expanding their business within the free market. Churches and pizza places and any private property, there regardless of whether the people want them, are free to make visitors dress and act as quietly as they want, no matter if their customers merely wish to practice free speech by walking in naked. Does a place actually held sacred by the American people, a place spoken of in hushed voices across the nation, does such a place not have the power to tell a mosque no?
This is a thing too serious for me to speak of as blithely as I would like, and too unbelievable for me to speak of as seriously as I would like. I feel profoundly betrayed by our president for endorsing this mosque; could they not build but ten miles away? If it is so innocent, why is it there? It would take a complete fool of a Muslim to not understand the significance of location. I only hope that the common sense I love so much will prevail, and I leave with a somewhat disjointed idea of an idea; that in many fine counties, the vandalism of a cemetery is a crime both separate and graver than vandalism elsewhere.