Is there a threat to religious freedom? In the US? Until a recent bout of Twitteritis, I would’ve said no way. But a large number of folks on Twitter convinced me otherwise by voting favor of shutting down all Mosques in the United States in a Twitter poll by Charles V. Payne.
While I don’t agree with allowing refugees we cannot vet into our country because at least some radicals will slip in with the others, I don’t believe we should have a scorched earth policy and eliminate all Mosques.
The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States says, “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.”
Because radical Muslims have committed atrocious acts, if we close every mosque, even those who are more moderate, in the country by saying the Quran teaches hate, what is next? Synagogues? Christian churches? Buddhist temples? Hindu temples?
Those looking for a reason to divest our country of any and all religion will find a way to associate hate with all religions. I did a quick search of the words “eliminate” and “religion” on Twitter and found a large number of people calling for the US to eliminate religion. All religion. They attribute hate to Christianity and many have said all religion must go if we are to ever have peace.
If we allow this to happen, before long we will find ourselves in the midst of a country that not only has no religious freedoms but in fact, squashes all religious speech and thought. Thereby infringing not only on the right to free exercise of religion, but also freedom of speech, and the right to peaceably assemble.
As a Christian, I have friends in other countries who have been jailed for having a Bible. Their church services were small groups meeting together in secret — always in fear of having the police arrest them for their faith. This thought terrifies me.
We must use due diligence in protecting our country. With the rise of radical Islam and the recruiting of young people in our country, we need to monitor and quash all terroristic threats, but closing a Mosque will not stop people from meeting together.
In the former USSR Christians met together despite the fact only government authorized churches were allowed. The government was unable to stop them from following their faith. In the US, if we eliminate all Mosques, those of Muslim faith will only go underground to meet. This could make it even harder to monitor and stop radicals.
Eroding the Bill of Rights, our country’s basic tenets, destroys the foundation of the United States and opens the door to erasure of each of the rights granted to us by the Constitution.