Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.It doesn't say that a religious group can build their houses of worship anywhere they like. I fail to see how Muslims' freedom of religion is in any way compromised because they can not build a mosque next to Ground Zero. Nobody of any weight has ever as much as hinted that their status as a religious community ought to be taken away from them, although it comes across as quite a good idea, but nobody can build everything he wants everywhere. There are the rights of others to observe, aren't they? What about construction noise, disruption, water runoff, loss of light? A brothel next to a school? Are there no health codes, local ordinances, nuisance laws which may prohibit these conditions?
Any Americans out there to help me understand?
Edited August 18, 2010, 22:20.
Here are the comments I received. Thank you all for helping me to understand this weired bit of politics better!