Barack Obama, the Leader of The Free World, per davvero, ha appena dato una lezione di laicita` e pari opportunita` esemplare, ha spiegato al mondo cosa vuol dire la parola “liberta`”, “freedom”, e che cosa sono gli Stati Uniti d’America:
Che in inglese suona cosi`:
“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”
Questo per dire, che un paese e` davvero libero quando ognuno ha il diritto di credere in quello che vuole ed esercitare il suo credo nei luoghi di culto che possono essere tranquillamente costruiti e quando lo stato non privilegia una religione piuttosto che un’altra.
Comunque non c’e` bisogno di essere Barack Obama per dire cose molto intelligenti su questo genere di cose, anche il sindaco di New York City, il ricchissimo Michael Bloomberg, si e` detto favorevole alla costruzione della moschea (qui il discorso integrale):
“Our doors are open to everyone – everyone with a dream and a willingness to work hard and play by the rules. New York City was built by immigrants, and it is sustained by immigrants – by people from more than a hundred different countries speaking more than two hundred different languages and professing every faith. And whether your parents were born here, or you came yesterday, you are a New Yorker.
“We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That’s life and it’s part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11.
“On that day, 3,000 people were killed because some murderous fanatics didn’t want us to enjoy the freedom to profess our own faiths, to speak our own minds, to follow our own dreams and to live our own lives.
E continua dicendo una cosa che i nostri politici dovrebbero imparare a memoria e ripeterla dieci volte prima di andare a letto:
“The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right – and if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another.
This is America, noi, l’America ce la sogniamo, altro che American Dream.