July 26, 2011

An American Holy Crusader or the Next American Scourge

By Francis Nye

On Fox news the other night presidential candidate, Herman Cain asserted that the American people have the right to ban mosques. This statement just left me stunned.  Did I hear right?  Is Mr. Cain calling for an American Crusade against Islam within the borders of the United States?  Is Herman Cain’s plan to demonize and dehumanize a group of people like Hitler did with the Jewish religion?  Is the GOP by indorsing this man going down the same road as the Nazi Party?  This kind of blatant bigotry reminds me of how the Nazis came to power, by blaming all the woes of Germany on a group of people.  This eventually led to millions of deaths and the destruction of much of Europe as we all know.  

What amazes me even more is how someone can run for the highest office in the United States and not understand the fundamental rights that were laid down in the Constitution. It is not like the freedom of religion clause is hidden in the Bill of Rights. For crying out loud it is in the very first amendment. 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

In other words the government of the United States has absolutely no right to ever ban a particular religion even if there is a perceived argument that it may be violent in nature.

Even if one could argue that it is constitutional to ban certain religions (which it is not) once you start down that slippery slope you could open a very messy can of worms, worms that could eat away at the very fabric of our society.  The United States could be not only open a door to potential genocide but be embroiled in religious civil wars much like Europe had been in its history prior to the American Revolution.  The American founding fathers in a sagacious manner saw the danger of this and correctly prevented it from happening thus far in America by creating this pur sang document of liberty, the Bill of Rights with its First Amendment clause.

All individual rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, due process of law, and prohibitions against warrantless searches and seizures are important concepts in American Liberty.  In other words it is what has created American freedom and prosperity.  The Bill of Rights is what separates the people of the United States and from countries like China, Libya, or Iran for example.  To strike down any of these rights is a path to tyranny and injustice.

Religious freedom is so fundamental that I am shocked at this man’s ignorance of it.  Such rhetoric should immediately disqualify anyone from a serious run for the White House.  This kind of hate speech is a clear indication that we are dealing with someone that is of inferior education and low self-esteem.  I watched some of his campaign ads on You Tube after hearing of his propose ban on Islam.  After peeling away the atmosphere of flair and panache that all campaign ads seem to have now-a-days, one starts to see some of the hidden subtext of his campaign, mainly Christian bigotry. 
With the type of oratory Mr. Cain is espousing he is either ignorant, a religious bigot, or both.  In the American quest for prosperity and optimism for better times I hope the American people would not be bewitch by such a personality when it comes to the 2012 GOP primary debates.  America does not need a religious war heaped upon the mounting funeral pyre of problems it is now experiencing.  What America needs is people that inspire a willingness to comprise and an air of compassion to quench the flames of its troubled times.  I think these qualities more than anything will heal the ills of the American way of life and drive forward its enduring pursuit of happiness and success.

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