Monday, September 6, 2010
In Gainesville, Florida, there is a Christian institution “The Dove World Outreach Center,” with Pastor Terry Jones. Pastor Jones announced plans to commemorate this September 11 in a rather unorthodox way, if not just plain inflammatory.
Pastor Jones plans to burn a number of the Muslim Holy Books, the Koran. That plan is stupid if not just plain ignorant. What purpose will that serve other than to inflame? Having wrote that, understand it is his Constitutional right to do so under freedom of religion protected by our Constitution.
Much like the Ground Zero Mosque / cultural center when President Obama (leader of the regime) noted the Imam has a right under the Constitution to build his mosque. Well under that same freedom of religion Pastor Jones has his right to burn the books. Agreed building the mosque so close to Ground Zero is in itself inflammatory and insensitive, just like burning the holy books. Both acts seem to serve only one purpose: to incite.
The City of Gainesville has advised they will not issue Pastor Jones a permit to burn the books. The pastor said he will burn them anyway. One can also claim burning the books falls under the Constitutional right of freedom of speech. A Supreme Court ruling some years ago protected one’s right to burn a U.S. flag as being protected by freedom of speech. Claiming the burning was an expression.
People need to be aware with all our protected rights and privileges come great responsibility in exercising those protected rights and privileges. Something both parties in this story seem to have forgotten.