Several people who recently wrote letters to the editor of my local newspaper seem to have a problem with some aspects of the U.S. Constitution.
Two of them complained about the fact that efforts are being made to make sure a death row inmate who murdered a local family does not suffer when he is executed by lethal injection. Both writers emphasized the fact that this murderer did not care if he made his victims suffer, as if that argument is relevant to the situation. The bottom line is that our Constitution forbids the government from inflicting cruel and unusual punishment, based on some Old Testament concept of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. The Constitution holds our government to a much higher standard than that of a murderer.
Then two others wrote in opposition to a mosque that a local Muslim group is proposing to build in the area. I wonder what makes them think the government can arbitrarily deny those Muslims a permit to build that mosque. Muslims are no exception to the religious freedom that is guaranteed by our Constitution. The First Amendment says the government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Stopping a mosque from being built simply because some citizens are opposed to it would amount to the prohibition of the free exercise of religion, which would be unconstitutional.
Yes, our Constitution can a little inconvenient and pesky at times, but if you don’t like living under its principles, you are free to go somewhere else to live.