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It's Not About Liberty

New York City officials approved the building of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" last week, but some religious liberty advocates continue to decry the decision. 

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), said one could be against the center while still maintaining that the group should have the freedom to have a mosque in lower Manhattan.

Speaking on Public Radio International's To the Point, Land said, "We have consistently defended religious freedom, separation of church and state. And we believe that Muslims certainly have the right to build mosques, to have places of worship that are convenient to them in their communities … I certainly defend the right of Muslims to have mosques and places of worship in lower Manhattan but not, not at Ground Zero."

BreakPoint's Chuck Colson co-wrote the Manhattan Declaration, a document that places religious liberty next to life and marriage as leading issues of Christian conscience. But he was "distressed—aghast, in fact—over the controversy about building a mosque at ground zero." For Colson, the issue was not a question of religious liberty.

"The construction of the mosque at ground zero is not about tolerance. And it isn't about religious liberty. This is about prudence: the good sense to do what is right," said Colson. "If [Muslims]—and Mayor Bloomberg—don't have the prudence to respect the sensibilities of others, then Congress ought to step in. With the upcoming elections, I'm sure your congressman will be all ears to your concerns."

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