The Quran, 9/11 and Gun Control: A ParodySubmitted by crietmann on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 18:53
All of us witnessed the horrors of 9/11. Islamic Extremists commandeered aircraft and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and brave Americans forced one to crash in the fields of Western Pennsylvania. Because of this tragic loss of life, and to ensure that we remain safe, we must do something.
What all of these mad men had in common was their Islamic religion; the teachings of the Quran. Though the freedom to worship as you see fit is protected by the 1st Amendment we cannot sit by and risk this happening again.
It is with the innocent victims in mind that I propose this legislation – we must regulate and control who has access to the Quran to ensure we never face another “9/11”.
I realize that the 1st Amendment is pretty clear on this – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” but in these times of crisis we must do something. While we cannot keep people from practicing their religion, some commonsense limitations for the greater good must be implemented. Besides, there are numerous other approved religions you could practice, such as Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism.
First, we must restrict the sale of the Quran to adults over 18 who have passed a universal background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System maintained by the FBI. If you have been cleared you may purchase a Quran to possess in your own home. If the government feels that you may represent a danger you may have this revoked, and your Quran will be confiscated by the authorities. You may not take your Quran from your home unless you are going to an approved house of worship or an approved and licensed book repair or restoration service. You may not stop anywhere to or from either of these places, and must return home immediately with it after worship or the repair has been completed.
If you wish to carry the Quran in your pocket, purse, briefcase or car you must obtain a License to Carry Quran permit from your local sheriff. Bear in mind that this does not allow you to carry your Quran anywhere; certain vulnerable locations such as schools or government buildings will be designated “Quran Free Zones” and to possess a Quran in these areas is a felony. The exception would be law enforcement or government officials licensed to carry Qurans in these locations.
You may not privately sell your Quran, or take it to an unauthorized seller to be sold on your behalf (such as flea markets, book fairs or consignment shops). Any transfer of a Quran must be registered with the government to ensure no Quran falls into the wrong hands.
What are the “wrong hands”? First of all, anyone who has ever been convicted of a felony. Also anyone who has a history of mental illness – we cannot risk unstable people to possess the responsibility of owning a Quran.
I hope you see that these small measures don’t violate the 1st Amendment; with proper licensing and approval you may still worship Islam. If you feel this is too much regulation to deal with, you are free to choose any of the other approved religions to worship.
Again, by taking these small steps that must be done we will certainly save lives. And who could argue with that?
Of course, this is parody; I would never advocate such an absurd, demeaning and overarching policy to be implemented by our government. Yet the logic is the same as what is being done with your 2nd Amendment rights.
The natural right – one granted by your Creator or part of the human condition – cannot be regulated, made illegal or controlled by any legitimate government. Natural rights predate and supersede government and thus cannot be granted or taken away. The natural rights of self-defense and self-governance were recognized by the Constitution’s Framers and Ratifiers as so integral that it’s ratification by the States would only occur after an agreed upon Bill of Rights would be guaranteed to become the first 10 Amendments.
We cannot pick and choose which parts of the Constitution we feel are immovable and which can be legislated – the Constitution and its Amendments can only be modified through the Amendment Process, requiring approval of ¾ of the States.
We are either a country of law or we are not. Either we follow the Constitution in its entirety and clear meaning or no part of it is not subject to legislation. So many of our rights have been legislated away or taken through the courts we cannot allow attacks on natural rights to continue. Write your Congressman, write your Senator. If they support this attack, vote them out of office. Become an activist – help organize rallies and end up on the news. Get the word out – there are many of us that still believe in the natural rights that must be protected by the Constitution.