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America’s freedoms sound great in the abstract. But look what happens when we get to freedom of religion.
President Bush stands with Islamic leaders during a visit to the Islamic Center of Washington, Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, to try to put an end to rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks.

From recent stories about Muslims running into buzz-saws of protests for building or expanding worship facilities, it would appear that some citizens who enjoy freedom to observe their religion (or be non-religious) are eager to deny this same right to others.
Protests over mosques are in the news from New York to Tennessee (in today’s story from my colleague at the Tennessean, Bob Smietana).
Many folks commenting on today’ Mosque story are fraught with anger at the restrictions aced in Muslim nations on Christian worship. Their comeback: If we can’t pray there, as we wish, then Muslims — including those who are U.S. citizens — shouldn’t be able to pray here. (Hmmm. Doesn’t that seem to undercut the whole celebration of democracy we’re marking today?)
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