While we hesitate to give Lou Ann Zelenik’s campaign anymore attention than it deserves, her comments on the “Murfreesboro mosque” can not be ignored. Regardless of your religious views, there is no way you can support Lou Ann’s position and call yourself an American. Conflating local members of a religious minority with some of the most heinous crimes in history is far from American.
Let’s examine her statement line by line…
Let there be no mistake, Lou Ann stands with everyone who is opposed to the idea of an Islamic training center being built in our community.
Whew! We were worried that Lou Ann “Z-as-in-crazy” Zelenik had come to her senses! We would be gravely disappointed to not hear more from her and her non-plumber friend this steamy election season.
But clearly, Lou Ann is still out there, as no one is talking about a “training center”. Under discussion is a “mosque and other rooms for a school, a gym and a dining area”, which sounds like most of the other “modern” worship centers in our area.
This “Islamic Center” is not part of a religious movement; it is a political movement designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Hmm… that’s a pretty strong charge against a group who just wants to “learn, worship, play and have fun.” But we agree that we should all be suspicious of any radical group using the language and trappings of revolution.
We Americans pride ourselves on being a tolerant people, but tolerance does not require naïveté. Our nation is at war with Islamic extremists. Radical Muslims are killing our servicemen and servicewomen every day. They say they want to kill us, and time and again they have backed up their words with action.
Yes, tragically, radical Muslims are killing our brave servicemen and women everyday. But those are radical muslims in Afghanistan… not American muslims in Murfreesboro, TN. Can she tell the difference, or is she blinded by her bigotry?
Yes, we are tolerant, but our nation was founded on the tenets of the Judeo-Christian tradition; we have a right to defend that tradition.
Wait… isn’t Lou Ann’s proving that she is not tolerant with this statement?
Also, we’re not sure what nation Lou Ann is referring to, but if she means America, she couldn’t be more wrong. But we’ll save that argument for another time…
Until the American Muslim community find it in their hearts to separate themselves from their evil, radical counterparts, to condemn those who want to destroy our civilization and will fight against them, we are not obligated to open our society to any of them.
There are those in our society who bow before the throne of political correctness, as if it itself were the god that would save our country. Those people live in a fantasy world that never was and never will be. Those who cower in silence are equally wrong. The People of Rutherford County all need to stand together and say, “enough is enough.”
We’re not sure how “political correctness” got into this discussion (oh right… code words… never mind), but is there anything more politically “correct” than defending the freedom to worship as you choose, the freedom to associate with whom you choose, and the freedom of property owners to build what they want on their land? “Fantasy world” indeed.
As Martin Luther King said, “in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” so let us not be silent.
WHOA! This is where we get off this crazy train…
Is she really using the words of Martin Luther King (SR? No, JR) to support a position of hate and intolerance? We shouldn’t be surprised… this is a resurgent trend on the right. Sadly, the TN GOP (under then-chair Robin Smith) led the way in the recent misappropriation of MLK’s legacy. Truly, it is time we stand up and say “enough is enough”! The right must stop deluding itself that MLK was a conservative.
Stand strong for our God, our families, and our country. God bless you all.
Do you remember 9-11?