Fred Slough is with the law firm of Slough, Connealy, Irwin, and Madden, a law firm with the most decent and humane group of people that I know of in the practice of law. Fred is an expert on the law but he is also a strong supporter of human rights. The following is his statement concerning the current controversy surrounding the building of a Muslim Center near the site of the 9/11 tragedy in New York:
The site of the 9/11 murders is now being called “sacred” in an effort to thwart the building of a mosque that is only nearby, not actually on the “sacred ground”. This position is clearly not American. Americans respect the rights of people of every faith to worship where they please. And, we do not blame the Muslim faith and Muslim people for the criminal acts of the few.
If it is sacred, it is not Christian sacred, Muslim sacred or Hindu sacred. It is American sacred. And the people who died there were of all faiths. To decide otherwise and not allow the mosque is an aggressive insult to Islam and its adherents that is not worthy of the people who live under our Constitution and enjoy the blessings of liberty.
Many came here to avoid religious persecution. We incorporated religious liberty into the founding of this nation. Are we such cowards that we will give that up so easily? Or has history been forgotten because we are riding our religious high horse and wish to condemn the Muslim faith to second class status?