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The national debate about building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York is less about our freedom of religion than about the common sense and uncommon courtesy sometimes required to come together as Americans. In our society, we are free to do many things that we nonetheless choose not to. During my lifetime, a number of racial and ethnic slurs have been effectively banned from our national vocabulary — not because our free speech has been limited, but because we recognize that these words are deeply offensive to our fellow citizens and we decide to avoid them.

Karen Hughes – opinion piece in the Washington Post –  Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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  1. Excellent point. “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

  2. The controversy surrounding this will probably cause more pain than if it were actually built. I’m sure it will be approved since this is about who has the most power, not the most sense.

    • You are right, Suzy. On a smaller scale of importance: How many committee meetings have we been to where no one really remembers the outcome (of whatever was the issue) – but certainly remembers some of the thoughtless comments . . .

      ah . . .


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