The GilroyDispatch published an excellent article yesterday by Lisa Pampuch addressing some recent opposition to plans for a mosque proposed by the South Valley Islamic Center. After pointing out that similar blind opposition was once raised against Japanese Americans, African Americans, and gay Americans, she reminds us:
This country was founded on the principles of freedom of speech, religion, assembly; our Constitution promises that everyone will receive equal protection from our laws. Let’s not abandon the principles that our forefathers fought, bled and died to defend. It’s up to those of us who value their sacrifices to protect those principles today. Those of us who consider ourselves to be patriots must fight un-American bigotry, rank ignorance and fear mongering whenever they appear.
You can read the full article at the GilroyDispatch website.