ARE RIGHTS ALWAYS RIGHT?

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers, and other readers the purpose of this hub is to talk about the responsible way in which we must all exercise our Constitutional Rights. Utilizing a Constitutional Right isn’t always the responsible way to live our lives. Discretion must always be used when asserting Constitutional rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We must always take the feelings of others into account, unless we are to be perceived as totally unfeeling slugs!!!! We owe each other courtesy, and respect, and we must take feelings of others into account in our everyday living!!!

MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO

There is absolutely no question that Imam Rauf, and his followers have the absolute Constitutional right to build this mosque at Ground Zero as shown below in the 1st Amendment to The Constitution.

Amendment I

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.

It’s a clear as the nose on each of our faces that these Muslims have the Constitutional right to build their mosque at ground Zero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The question implicitly posed in the title to this hub is does having a right and exercising that right make doing so the right thing to do?

My answer to this question is a resounding Hell No!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve already stated discretion must always be used when asserting Constitutional rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PERSONAL EXAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR

The fact that we have the right to behave in a certain manner doesn’t always make it the right thing to do. We should take the feelings of others into account. I’ll give an example out of my own life to illustrate this point.

My late boss, who also happened to be my best friend was having a Bar Mitzvah for his son. I received an invitation to attend, but previous plans with my own family would preclude my attendance. I did however intend to send the young man an appropriate gift for the occasion of his entry into manhood. I had a passing knowledge that a Bar Mitzvah was the celebration of a young Jewish boy’s entry into manhood at the age of 13 years, but I really had no idea what an appropriate gift was for this occasion. I knew that my friend’s father, who had fought in the resistance against Hitler with Marshall Tito, would be in attendance at this event coming all the way from Israel for his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had every RIGHT to send anything that I wanted to, but I wanted to do the RIGHT thing not just exercise my RIGHTS!!!!!! I consulted a local Rabbi, and discussed this with him and took his advice to the delight of all concerned.

CONCLUSION

September 11, 2001 was my 55th birthday, and the first day of my life when I felt hated just for being an American. I can only imagine the pain of the survivors of those killed on that horrid day of infamy. If Imam Rauf, and his followers have any consideration they will follow my advice. Discretion must always be used when asserting Constitutional rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Build your mosque somewhere else, and worship as you please, but don’t pour salt in the wounds of the survivors!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Comments 24 comments

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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

Tom, here are a couple of videos that make the point well too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEcXDnRM2i4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEujzasEd9M

good hub


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Excellent piece of writing Tom. Let's face the facts, if Imam Rauf was truly interested in building bridges he would never consider forcing this Mosque down the throats of the families of 9/11 and the nation. What hypocrisy! Thumbs up, Tom!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I was annoyed at the President because he was pointing out the obvious and insulting our intelligence. It doe become a matter of consideration of others and possibly good taste.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

vraj,

Thank you for adding some meat to the bone of my Hub!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your supportive comment also.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pop,

You have put the proper exclaimation point on my Hub!!!!!!!!!

As always thank you for your supportive comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

dahoglund,

You see this in the proper light. It's like the glowing sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your visit, and supportive comment.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub Tom.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Robert,

Thank you very much for your visit and comment!!!!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Tom, this is one of the best pieces that you have written I believe. The message is clear, well-explained, and concisely delivered with a good example. Bravo on some good work. I feel the same way. In my mind, rights were designed as protective in nature and not necessarily accomodating. First and foremost, the Founding Fathers expected that we would exercise good judgment, good manners, and common sense before just claiming that it was our right. New York has been remiss in their zoning practices to have left themselves open to this potential situation. No doubt, the building of this mosque is nothing more than Islam crowing on the burning heap of its victim. To think that men of the cloth, regardless of religious affiliation, would consider doing that to these innocent victims goes far beyond the pale of any "rights" they might have to do so. There is no "healing" or "bonding" of any kind with the local community in this plan. This is in your face after the fact terrorism of just another genre. On the whole, the only real and enduring effect will be to paint Muslims and Islam in a bad light across our nation and set back any progress they have made. Set aside the outrage of the victim's survivors and this become an action that spits in the face of every peace-loving Muslim in America...an act of defiance against their own religion. Thanks agains for a good write! WB


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Wayne,

Your comment is way more profound than what I've written!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had given the Idea to you, and let you write a hub about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your visit, and comment.


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

Tom,

I must echo Waynes' comment. This is a brilliant hub. If they were intellectually honest with themselves or anyone else, the left would at least come out and say they can understand the high emotions surrounding this project. But NO, they want to lecture us about the constitution they are usually using as a doormat!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Sheri,

I promised you last night in your Hub I was writing on this topic. Wayne is far more profound than I am on the subject!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Obama, and all the Professional Left use the Constitution as a suicide pact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Tom to me there is nothing here to debate. Needless to say this situation is one that has been at the forefront of the American consciousness. And like I had written on another hubbers hub, just because they can does not mean they should ! And it amazes me the short memory some of the more liberal at HP have about this. Even when I think about 9-11 now it still sends a chill down my spine. I will never forget how I felt in that piece of time. And I would also like to point out that you always hear about the " Seperation of Church and State " is in the first amendment. Could someone show me where ?


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Tony,

You are spot on right. There is no mention of separtion of church and state in the First Amendment. It was intended tro protect the individual in one's freedom to worship as one see's fit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I last celebrated a birthday in 2000 due this infamous attack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your supportive comment.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

The wife of thos imam, and others, have said they will not 'back down'. They are determined to 'win'. If nothing else, that attitude shows us they are foes because they want to be. We can talk about what's right until we're blue in the face, all they know is they intend to 'win'.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

sheila b.

I fear that your assessment is correct, and that's a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In America we should all just get along, but with some that seems impossible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your fine comment.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Hey, my friend, great Hub.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Vladimir,

Thank you for your visit, and comment!!!!!!!!


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Tom, This will NEVER be built! Construcion workers, Electricians, Plumbers, Vendors, etc will not take the job. It is interesting that the Muslim's do not own all the property.

Good job, one thumbs up. H


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Harvey,

I hope you are right, but I saw a group of construction workers being interviewed on Fox News, and some said they needed the work. These guys said if it was going to built anyway they would work on the building!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your supportive comment.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Absolutely spot on, Tom. I personally hate the entire Constitutional and legal argument people try to make out of this whole issue. To me it's moot, and for a variety of reasons. I think we can all agree that yes, it is Constitutionally the right of anyone in this country to build a religious building wherever they want, so long as laws and ordinances do not dictate otherwise. LEGALLY, yes, they are under no obligation to consider a different location for the building of the Mosque.

Still, in my opinion, the issue has not a thing to do with religious freedom—to THEM especially it is about victory and arrogance.

We all have rights, Constitutionally or otherwise. However, how we choose to use them requires sensibility, sensitivity, and prudence where appropriate. Your Bar Mitzvah example was an excellent one.

Building a bridge, as Imam Rauf has suggested is what the Mosque is to do, would be better served opening an AMERICAN non-denominational center for prayer, worship, rememberence along with whatever other relgious and memorial purpose it might have—INCLUDING Muslims, and the Muslim faith, but not EXCLUDING others. A bridge goes in two directions. A Mosque, the way I see it, only goes in one.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Jim,

I totally agree with everthing you said. A bridge that doesn't go two ways is a bridge to nowhere!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your visit, and supportive comment.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Thanks, Tom, for expressing what most Americans feel about the building of this mosque. I am continually amazed by the prevailing notion that Americans must defer to Muslims on every decision or issue that comes along. Great hub!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Smireles,

It is an amazing phenomenon how we defer to the Musims in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.

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