To the editor:
Today [Sunday Aug. 15], Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn told the Associated Press that voters will decide on the wisdom of constructing a Mosque in lower Manhattan near the site of the World Trade Center. In fact, we already did. A long time ago. In 1789, to help get the Constitution passed, James Madison introduced them to Congress. They became effective in 1791 when three-fouths of the States ratified them. Thomas Jefferson supported them. The first one reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
So far as I know, there is no case that limits that fundamental right to Presbyterians, or Catholics, or Baptists, or Jews. It includes Islam. So it appears that Senator Cornyn, after more than 200 years, wants a mulligan? A do over? No, he wants to win with hate and fear. With innuendo, he wants one group to face off against another. We have had enough of this. I hope the voters of Texas understand that the next time he is up for election.