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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

America 101 For Muslims

  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

  I really do not relish the idea of singling out one group of people and making an example of them, but it seems that this group in particular, along with American Liberals, just cannot seem to grasp the idea of what the First Amendment means. Perhaps it is time for a lesson in Basic America 101.
  There was a rally held in Deerborn, Michigan on September 28. Deerborn is the home to the largest Muslim community in the nation. The rally was held in support of the proposal of an international law banning "anti-Mohammad" speech. A law that would supersede the American first amendment.
  I am wondering if Muslims living in America, especially those who have been here a long time, have learned anything at all about the American mentality of free speech? Do they not realize the countless generations of Americans that have fought and died for that right? Do they not understand that the first amendment is first for a reason? Because it is the most important. All other rights hinge upon it. Do they have any idea of the not-so-sleeping giant that would be awakened should this right be in any way threatened?
  Except for a few fringe crazies, no Americans advocate intentional maligning of any one's faith. But if Americans have something to say, and they say it on American soil, sorry, but no one, including our fellow citizens, has the right to not be offended. Most Americans would even encourage the rally and the protest. That is what this nation was founded upon. But if you call for the removal of some one's right of free speech, sooner or later, somebody will call for the removal of yours.
  The crown jewel of being an American is the right of free speech. Possibly a trade-off of being a Muslim and immigrating to this country to take advantage of all other rights that are afforded Americans, be they born here or naturalized.
  This is what the rest of the world needs to accept, that in America, you absolutely do not  have the right to shut us up.

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