Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NYC: Madison Ave or Muslim Ave?

It's chain email time once more! Are Muslim's taking over New York City? Let's look at the email, then lets look at the facts...
DO NOT JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES. PLEASE READ THE BOTTOM
COMMENTS CLOSELY !!

This is in NYC on Madison Ave – not France, Yemen, Kenya or the Middle East


 

A Christian Nation cannot put up a Christmas scene of the baby Jesus in
a public place, but the Muslims can stop normal traffic every Friday afternoon
by worshiping in the streets.... Something is happening in America that is
reminiscent of what is happening in Europe . This is Political Correctness
gone crazy... Scary! Isn't it?

Is there a message here???? Yes, there is, and they are claiming America for Allah. If we don't wake up soon, we are going to "politically correct"ourselves right out of our own country!

PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERY CHRISTIAN AMERICAN YOU KNOW!!!!


Are Muslims stopping traffic in NYC every Friday to pray? No, that's just an outright lie. The pictures in the email are not of a weekly event, but of an annual one. They are from the annual Muslim Pride Parade. An event that has been taking place since 1985.  The email pictures are from the 2009 event. Last I checked Islam is only the religion of choice for 0.6% of Americans. There are even more Jehovah's Witnesses (0.7%) and Buddhists (0.7%) than Muslims in the USA! So for an event that has been taking place since 1985, it is hardly taking over America.

While I can appreciate that this parade, and all that stop traffic in busy areas like this can be annoying, they still have the right. I do not agree with Islam, but as Americans, they have the right to peacefully assemble. Additionally, being a parade, they would have had to go through the same permitting process as any other similar event.

Most importantly, the declaration that the United States is a Christian nation is an outright falsehood. Yes, the USA is populated with more Christians (78.4% of the population) than any other faith groups. But that makes it a nation populated by a great number of Christians, but it does not make it a Christian nation. To call the USA a Christian nation for those reasons would also require you to call this a white nation or a female nation. But to do that would be equally as wrong as the claim of teh USA as a Christian nation.


But history paints an even clearer picture. The treaty of Tripoli (signed by President Adams) states:


As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion
 Not is any sense founded on the Christian religion? That sounds pretty cut and dry to me.  But maybe the Constitution has something to say as well...
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
 Well lookie there! The United States may not make a law respecting an establishment of religion, so there may be no official national religion. Also, the free exercise clause means that Christians and teh government may not stop this Muslim parade from taking place (or Muslims stopping a Christian parade). The first Amendment protects all equally.

And what are you getting at with the 'Christians can't display Jesus' BS? Christians can display Jesus all they want, but not on government property. Likewise, Muslims can't do the same on government property. The establishment clause strikes again! Jefferson's wall of separation between church and state means that the government may not grant preference to any one religion over another. That means either not allowing religion, or allowing them all.

What we probably have here, is yet another example of Christianity wanting it all their way. Muslims exercising their rights? We must stop them! We aren't being allowed to force our religion on everyone, even in schools and government buildings? Ignore the law and scream persecution!

So yes, while I would be annoyed by this parade getting in my way, it is only an annual event, not a weekly one. Take some time to look at the facts before spouting off. Otherwise you weaken your own argument when your 'logic' is found to be wanting.

-Brain Hulk

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