Gingrich would restrict the free exercise of religion by opposing a mosque near Ground Zero

Newt Gingrich argues against the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero. Newt being Newt, he makes some strong arguments against the juxtaposition of these two important symbols.
Yet, I recall that the First Amendment forbids government from preventing the free exercise of religion, and that obviously what would happen here if the mosque were ruled out solely on the basis of the religion that is practiced within. Here Newt leaves the rails. 


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  • Please before we run off on a freedom of whatever speech,read your history.What will the name of this mosque be?Will it mimic the one built in Spain? Ask why.You are not dealing with rational people here ,a statement is being made here and all of us have no idea what is being said.A mosque at ground zero will be a symbol in the muslum world of dominence over America and here is where they started.These people are not Americans that can be reasoned with.Look at Europe please, do some research on the financing ,the name and why at ground zero.We are missing a very serious message here.I say no because I have read the history,will you???

  • Dear Mr. Byrne,

    I agree that it would be unconstitutional to deny mosque construction if it is "SOLELY on the basis of the religion" (emphasis mine). But constructing a mosque at that site is not a religious effort. It is a political statement. It is equivelent to raising the American flag on Iwo Jima.

    Mr. Gingrich makes some excellent points in his article. I know it's a popular pasttime, and sometimes easy, to criticize everything he has to say, but I do not think he has "left the rails" in this case.

    By the way, I am one of your biggest fans.

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