What about that proposed mosque in lower Manhatten? That's a great place
for devout believers to mourn the tragic cruelty of their brothers, just as I do
when I attend my Christian church.
"Attacks on houses of worship and affiliate community centers are
"inexcusable," he said."Yes, they are inexcusable, but
are they somehow more inexcusable than attacks on houses in which typically no
worship takes place (e.g., a public library)?
This is common sense...period.
"property that is leased by religious institutions" A
residential/commercial rental leased by a religion, is more valuable than that
leased by an individual investor, for example.
As an Atheist are my property and institutions protected???
I know the Pagan community is going to appreciate this law. While some
organizations have incorporated because they're large enough to have the
legal need of structure, many smaller covens and groves and gatherings are
informal. Under this law taking the time to formally organize will
clearly provide better protection - and clearer penalties - against persecution
and harassment from "neighbors."Good.
Finally, Hatch does something worthwhile!
Our best source of protection is to be good, kind people. When people who call
themselves 'religious' and 'God-fearing' support and engage
in hurtful and divisive dialog, which the Right is fully vested in with Trump
& co., they degrade themselves and their beliefs, and put their religion at
risk for persecution. Let the 'Left' do what they want,
let's worry more about how we conduct our lives, how we speak and how we
@Mainly Me:"When has any law stopped a criminal from committing
a crime?"If it were indeed the case that laws don't stop
criminals, then wouldn't it make sense to get rid of those laws--along with
the police forces, courts, and prisons that uphold them--and simply let people
"defend themselves without penalty?"Your argument makes the
assumption that it's a simple and straightforward matter to distinguish the
criminals (who will do crime no matter what) from the good, law abiding citizens
(who will only be inconvenienced by any laws). In reality, it's not that
This is all well and good, and I'm glad that this law was passed. However,
what good is it going to do? When has any law stopped a criminal from
committing a crime? Sure, he can be put in jail after the fact, but that
isn't going to do his victims any good. Let people defend themselves
without penalty (as long as they don't go too far overboard).
So, how about that proposed mosque in lower Manhattan? We need to combat
religious persecution, after all....