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A Sky Daddy Is a Sky Daddy

Apparently a bunch of people want to build a new mosque somewhere or another, while a different bunch of people want them not to build it. This not only provides fuel for resuscitating our dwindling 24-hour news cycle, but also creates opportunities for feel-good speechifying, proclamations of "pride" in one's country and admiration for one's elected betters, and demonization of one's political and/or religious opponents.

Insofar as pretty much everyone is my political and/or religious opponent, I find myself without an axe to grind, leaving me to fall back on my default position of blanket opposition to the opening of new religious facilities. As a good libertarian, of course, I default to letting people do whatever they want with their property; however, if you ask my opinion I'm happy to tell you that the world probably doesn't need any more phony-baloney churches or synagogues or mosques or celebrity centres.

Let it not be said that I am without sympathy for the Muslims of Manhattan, who (I understand) lost their cherished World Trade Center Mosque when it was (along with the rest of the facility) destroyed by so-called "terrorists" with unknown motivations. I do feel a little bit churlish for not being more enthusiastic about their rebuilding plan.

Nonetheless, a sky daddy who insists that you live your life according to the dictates of a magical fairybook is a sky daddy who insists that you live your life according to the dictates of a magical fairybook. Couldn't we build a Trader Joe's instead?

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