This tension between rights and sensibilities is nothing new. A famous instance occurred in 1977 in
Another instance hit closer to home for me, literally, in my home town of
After the riots, white supremacist Richard Barrett and his self-styled Nationalist Movement tried to cash in by announcing a march to the
After some dithering, the rest of the City Council followed Sandi’s lead and the City Attorney’s advice. Barrett and his pathetic handful of supporters twice paraded around the court house. Each time they were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of
How does the Islamic Cultural Center compare? No one doubts the fact that the terrorists who destroyed the
It is clearly unfair to tar all Muslims with the evil actions of these vicious fanatics and religious dictatorships. By the same token, we should not whitewash these evil actions out of a misplaced fear of offending the good Muslims who don’t engage in them. It’s not the place of the Libertarian Party to take a position on whether an Islamic Cultural Center would ultimately be harmful or bene
ficial; that’s a judgment for each individual to make. What the Libertarian Party can say is that the decision on whether to build the Center near Ground Zero should not be subject to government edict.