Covering religious freedom

It amazes me that a country founded on religious freedom has such a hard time embracing that freedom. But how else do you explain the controversy over the New York World Trade Center mosque?

A cultural center that contains a mosque, planned to be built two blocks away from ground zero, has drawn such heated rhetoric from both the right and the left that the construction no longer is about the building of a mosque but about symbolism. Everyone has an opinion about the ground zero mosque, with both sides bringing out Muslims to support their view. From the right, you have the new Miss Universe , while the Huffington Post offers another point of view.

While the questions about the mosque at ground zero can make an argument about hallowed ground, it is hard for anyone to make that argument about the proposed mosque in Mayfield, Ky. Lack of parking spaces doesn’t make for hallowed ground. And the approximately 250 people who cheered, according to reports by the Paducah Sun, didn’t cheer for their parking spots.

Religious freedom means that people should have the right to worship in any way that is not harmful to other citizens. Parking problems should not constitute harmful to other citizens.

Media across Kentucky is picking up this story. Hopefully, the media spotlight follows.

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