Whenever religious people are too uppity and dare to put their faith in the public sphere, the American Civil Liberties is always at the ready to smack them down with their twisted interpretations of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Well, I should amend that statement since it’s not strictly true. The ACLU has its sights set on Christian religious people. But, as The American Thinker points out, when its government aid to Muslim worship the ACLU is curiously silent.
Now imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find anyone – either at the Massachusetts ACLU or at its big brother in Washington – who had brought legal action, or who would even render an opinion, on the construction of a $22,000,000 religious structure on land virtually given away by the City of Boston and attendant religious instruction courses forced on a nearby state-funded college. How could such a monumental religious undertaking involving the obvious endorsement by government officials at every level escape the withering gaze of the watchdogs of the ACLU?
It took only a few phone calls to find the answer. The religious structure and institution was neither a church nor a synagogue. It was a mosque. And not just another mosque. The Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque project will be the largest on the East Coast of the United States and will be funded primarily through Middle Eastern money.
This has gotten coverage in the Boston newspapers, but after some front page coverage months ago, it’s quietly slipped to the back pages. The basic story is that the City of Boston sold a multi-million dollar site for pennies on the dollar, and then agreed to allow the Islamic Society of Boston to set up an Islamic Library and to teach courses in Islam at a local state-funded community college as payment.
Double standards for Christianity and Islam