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Uncle Spud must be confused

By Brenda Rawson


I was confused to Tom McCourt's purpose in his Aug 10 conversation with Uncle Spud in The Wasatch Behind: "Tit for Tat War Memorials" (Sun Advocate).

Was he advocating intolerance and incivility in our national laws that we deny the construction of the Islamic cultural center in New York close to Ground Zero, or was he criticizing their laws as intolerant, prejudiced and bigoted? Or was he subtly affirming his gratitude for the laws of our land that insure liberty for him and well as others? It was hard to tell at first.

Thank goodness our government cannot disallow this center to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero. After all, it is private property, and they have the indisputable right to build there. Yes, this idea is deeply insensitive to Americans, yet it is lawful. And aren't we're still a lawful land?

Uncle Spud may question the wisdom of this plan, but he can't deny the right thereof. Thank goodness our government cannot randomly reject any lawful construction. If our government forbids this facility to be built today, then tomorrow it could forbid a Jewish synagogue or a Catholic cathedral or a LDS temple to be built. What a slippery slope that could become! We have laws to follow, thank goodness.

This controversy has nothing to do with us being "good people" or "kissing up." It is simply the law. If Uncle Spud boils at the thought of a Muslim facility being constructed two blocks away from Ground Zero, then he needs to get the First Amendment changed by using our political processes. That's the way to resolve this heated issue, not by becoming vengeful and spiteful, wanting "tit for tat." Uncle Spud's plan only results in intensifying the hate and distrust already brewing among Americans.

Too, we have not been conquered as Uncle Spud states. Westill go about our daily lives, working and living in our communities all over America, enjoying our many liberties. And political correctness hasn't trumped common sense either; it is liberty in real time that is at work. If we expect our liberties to be realized, then we must allow others their liberties even if it's distasteful to us. We can't have our cake and eat it, too.

In addition, allowing the construction of this center does not make us a pathetic, gutless people. Rather, it makes us a strong, unified law-abiding nation, genuinely respecting the laws of our land and the liberties of others who live along side us, though different from us religiously and culturally. Regardless of the mean-spirited venom we hear and read in the media, there is room for everyone; we can live peacefully side by side in spite of our differences.

I know Uncle Spud enjoys his abundant American liberties and prefers them to the few in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and in his heated state last week, he simply became confused.

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