LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Our great country exists in large part because of the desire to have religious freedom. That freedom applies to all, not only to those religions the majority of people follow. It also applies to those who choose not to belong to any faith.
Respect for personal religious beliefs is essential to the basic framework of our union.
Wonderful people and leaders come from all faiths. Great ideas come from people who have diverse backgrounds. We've seen it throughout WAVE Country for centuries. It strengthens our hometowns.
This past week, someone spray-painted hate messages on the Louisville Islamic Center, the oldest mosque in the city. Thankfully, this community came together to clean the graffiti - people whose beliefs differed, but whose respect for each other represented what freedom truly means.
This week, presidential candidate Ben Carson indicated anyone who follows Islam wouldn't be fit to be President of this country. That undermines our own birth as a country.