Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
There. Isn't that clear enough? Even for the Tea Party? That's what it says in the Constitution you claim to love so much. Well, except for the Fourteenth Amendment. Or the First Amendment as it applies to almost anyone else. And parts of the Preamble. And Article 1, Section 8. And the Sixteenth Amendment. And some of you don't seem to think the Thirteenth Amendment was a good idea either.
Yet you seem convinced that the government, which you claim to hate so much, is wrong to refuse to do something unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Yep. That's what it says. Don't forget now, this clause also enables the tax-exempt status of the First Church Of Christ, Republican, where so many of you "worship." Are you still sure you don't like it?
Glenn Beck recently compared prohibiting the building of Cordoba House to Pope John Paul II ordering the closing of the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz. Of course, he omitted one key fact: the Pope can do that. Under the United States Constitution, our government can't. Period.
But don't worry. Here are some things our government could do:
Condemn the property in question.
Seize the property by eminent domain.
Purchase the property with taxpayer dollars.
How do those options work for you?
And speaking of purchasing the property, since you also seem to love the free market so much, perhaps you might take up a collection and purchase it yourselves. Wouldn't this be most in keeping with your "principles?" You could use the site for Tea Party Headquarters.
Or perhaps you could create Constitution House: a place where people could go to study the Constitution which, remember, you love so much. Well, except for the Fourteenth Amendment. Or the First Amendment as it applies to almost anyone else. And parts of the Preamble. And Article 1, Section 8. And the Sixteenth Amendment. And maybe the Thirteenth Amendment. Or anything else in there that you don't like.
Let us know which of these options you prefer, won't you?
Very Truly Yours,
p.s. Two more links, just for fun. You do the math.