It took the Federal government almost 100 years after the Civil War to tell southern bigots that it wasn’t enough to just free the slaves, they had to also treat people of African descent as equals. The U.S. Department of Justice showed us today that they will not wait for southern white crackers to recognize that equality and religious freedom are rights that all residents of this country may enjoy.
The Justice Department has filed suit against Rutherford County, Tennessee, to force the powers that be to grant an occupancy permit for a Mosque that has been waiting to open in the City of Murfreesboro. According to a press release, the county is in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) by refusing to process or issue a certificate of occupancy to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro for a recently constructed Mosque
For more than 2 years, the locals in Rutherfod County have held rallies and marches against the construction of a house of worship intended to serve the local Muslim community. Why? You have to ask? Because as we all know, people who subscribe to the Islam faith are really all murdering terrorists out to destroy America and Christianity.
Some years ago, another vilified religious minority group seeking refuge in America, inquired as to whether or not they might find peace and religious freedom in this country. No doubt, many if not most of the residents of Rutherford County would not concur with the sentiments expressed by the author of the response that group received. But then again, the author could not possibly have been a “real patriot” who understood what the United States of America was all about. Here are but a few select verses from his reply :
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts.
For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”
…..”may the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”