Saturday, August 21, 2010

Comment Of the Day -- GZ Mosque and the First Amendment

Freedom of religion means you have the right to worship without being arrested for it. It does not mean you have the right to erect any building anywhere you want. For that, you need something called a permit. It’s called a permit because you need to be permitted to do that. And permits are denied for a myriad of reasons, not least of which is whether or not said proposed activity does, or does not, cause offense to the community standards. In this case, it does, to the tune of 65%. Even without that info, city council denies permits every day for no better reason than they themselves don’t like what is proposed. That’s how it works. There are no rights, constitutional or otherwise, at play here. There is only the issue of permits. And that is where this thing should have been stopped, where a thousand other applications for permits are stopped.

keep the change on August 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

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