The United States Postal Service is just a smidge “in-the-red” as of late. As of fiscal year 2010, it posted a loss of 8.5 billion dollars, to be exact. Ouch. As a result, USPS has decided to close several thousand Post Office locations nationwide. My local Post Office in Plymouth, Minnesota, faced this fate. Until, that is, my city council approved a motion to allow a Muslim group to buy the building, and then lease half of it back to the federal government for continued usage as a Post Office.
So, hang on. I’m confused. Whatever happened to the habitual screaming from the politically-correct crowd whenever someone wants to place a nativity scene in a town square, or utter a prayer in school, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the inclusion of the words “under God,” or heaven forbid, include the word “heaven” on a memorial for 9/11 victims?
(Insert cricket noises here)
Interestingly, it seems that in their routine misunderstanding of the concept of separation of church and state, the politically-correct crowd seems to think there is in fact only one “church” or religious group worth kicking to the curb in the name of the “wall of separation.” Christianity has and seems to continue to bear the brunt of the attacks against religion coming within a 100 mile radius of anything even remotely connected to local, state, and federal governmental activities.
The Plymouth mosque is a case-in-point. Plymouth, along with most of the Twin Cities metro area is known for being fairly liberal. Fine. . .REALLY liberal. Minnesota voters proved this when Governor Dayton rode into office almost entirely on votes in the Twin Cities metro area. Moving on, my point is simply that this is an area in which one dare not, as a Christian, mix religion and state, or all hell (no pun intended) will be raised. Yet suddenly, and with a unanimous vote from this town’s city council, a Muslim group will now not only use a federal building as a house of worship; the federal government will be maintaining its operations in a house of worship. Kind of a double-whammy, isn’t it? Mixing the mosque with the government; the government with the mosque…..
To be clear, the “wall of separation” concept as it is currently understood is a wild misinterpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s words (see Part II). However, since Christians have been forced to succumb time and again to said interpretation under threat of harassment from trigger-happy ACLU lawyers, I’d really enjoy an explanation as to how on earth this Mosque/Post Office (or was it Post Office/Mosque?) gets a pass.
As Ben Stein so aptly put it once:
“Anyone? . . . Anyone?”