While many Republicans worship our Second and Tenth Amendments, it’s actually our First Amendment that makes all the other ones possible. When our Founding Fathers gave us freedoms of the press, speech and religion, they established a foundation that eventually led to the creation of one of the most powerful nations the world has ever seen.
But as great as our First Amendment is, it seems to be the one Republicans hate the most since it continually prevents them from turning the U.S. into a Christian theocracy. Republicans frequently claim they stand for “religious freedom,” but what they really mean by that is they want the “freedom” to force their religion on others.
Another reason why they hate our First Amendment is that it gives all religions the right to exist and be practiced. As we all know, when Republicans talk about “religious freedom” they’re only referring to Christianity. While they frequently throw hissy fits whenever they believe their “religious freedoms” are being trampled on, they often have absolutely no problem infringing on the religious rights of others.
Take for instance recent comments made by GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump where he said he would support the closing of mosques in the United States. In other words, he supports the complete gutting of the “freedom of religion” aspect of our First Amendment.
When asked by Fox Business’s Stuart Varney if he agreed with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent push to close mosques if a worshiper is linked to ISIS, Trump said not only does he agree with it, but he would like to see it done in the United States.
“Absolutely, I think it’s great,” Trump said.
“Can you close a mosque?” Varney asked. “We do have religious freedom.”
“It depends. If the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear,” Trump responded.
While I understand that ISIS is a very dangerous group and we must be vigilant in fighting terrorism (especially anything found within our own borders), what Trump is essentially saying is that he supports the right for the government to close a place of worship if even one person who attended there is linked to terrorism
That is one hell of a slippery-slope
Would he support the same thing if a member of a Christian church was ultimately linked to a radical hate group? Why not close all churches attended by members of the KKK? Why not close the Westboro Baptist Church?
The real question is, where would you stop?
Now I think the situation is different if the mosque itself was found to be promoting anti-American teachings, essentially encouraging potential terrorist activity. But that’s entirely different from closing a place of worship simply because someone who happened to attend services there had some sort of link to terrorism.
Again, to even suggest doing such a thing is basically calling for the gutting of a pillar of our First Amendment.
To put into perspective how radical Trump’s comments were about Islam, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) – someone who certainly isn’t a friend of the Muslim community – even called him out for it.
This is just more of the same nonsense from Trump. All he’s doing is pandering to the lowest rungs of our society with rhetoric that’s either a flat-out lie or completely unconstitutional.
Sadly, no matter how inaccurate or idiotic Trump’s statements are, his popularity continues to hold steady among conservative voters.
That’s a true testament to the sad current state of the Republican party.
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