The rage between whether or not to build the Islamic mosque near Ground Zero rages on,
but with little resolution in sight
(http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/fight_over_ny_mosque_becomes_a_partisan_wedge_issue/). The issue is not so much about religious freedom, but rather of recognition of who did what and when. It is a misuse of freedom to use one’s freedom to the hurt of another. This truth the Bible teaches. Abusing freedom is just what those who desire to either build the mosque or to allow it to be built are in the process of doing, to the hurt and consternation of many.
Definitions are important.
Freedom, as Paul writes about it, is not for the purpose of self-gain or self-appeasement at the expense of others. Rather, true freedom, in Christ, knows nothing about self, only about serving others (Galatians 5:1, 13). Of course, this kind of freedom, the kind that seeks only the good of others and is found only in Christ—this kind of freedom the disciples of Islam, and most Americans, know nothing about, for they have not faith in Him whom God sent to be the Savior from sin and everlasting condemnation.
Another definition needing clarification is ‘religious freedom.’ In this country, we have it. In all countries where Islam is the presiding religion, there is none, except to abide by the laws of Islam, which is not freedom, but oppression, and where tyranny prevails.
Religious freedom means allowing for the establishment of any religion to exist, and its teachings and doctrine to be proclaimed, without silence, and apart from any coercion, but not with the government itself establishing it.
Religious freedom also means allowing religious debate (with words, not violence) to continue, in contrast to the attempt to consolidate all religions into one or to say that few differences exist, or to silence them all (i.e. communism). There is only one way to heaven, and that way is through Christ—and Christ alone.