Am I the only person shocked at the MASS of news coverage this is getting? I am sitting in an Airport in Charleston, West Virginia and I have had the unfortunate pleasure of watching CNN for an hour and I think that 58 minutes of that hour was spent covering this issue. They have had “religious experts” on and other similarly-situated goof-balls talking about this scheduled event. So after trying to ignore this story, I have been forced to consider its relevance and ask myself what I think about the idea of burning 200+ Qurans on 9/11. And I gotta say it brought up a lot of other issues.
But let’s start with the first issue–Burn? or Not Burn? Personally, I think that burning Qurans is a savage-like form of protesting and is being done for no other reason than to incite anger in others. That said, do I think he has the right to burn them?–You betcha. Do I agree with this form of “protest” or “statement?” No, but I must say that all of this talk on television and blogs about whether Pastor Jones should be prohibited from burning them makes me think of similar situations that were treated with much more tolerance. And after all democrats, isn’t “tolerance” one of your favorite words? Shouldn’t you be just as “tolerant” of this activity as say:
The burning of American Flags?
Why the Supreme Court in Texas vs. Johnson in 1989 upheld every person’s constitutionaly protected right to burn American Flags. When Congress tried to pass a law in protest of this decision making it illegal, the Supreme Court struck again and upheld its previous ruling. Of course, the flag burning in Texas occurred at the 1984 Republican National Convention by people outside that were umm…not Republican. Since then numerous bills have been proposed to the Constitution to make the burning of a flag illegal but alas, the bill can never seem to pass the Senate.
How about desecrating the Flag? How about burning images of George W. Bush? Those things are all things the left champions as “free speech.” Isn’t burning a book, even a religious book, a form of “expression.” But wait…
What about prayer in schools? Well of course that is offensive.
What about roadside crosses, “in God we Trust,” creationism, Nativity scenes—-All of that is “offenisve” and there are movements to do away with such horrible icons of a predominantly Christian society. And of course, we can’t have Bibles in Courtrooms–that is simply nuts. These forms of expression are somehow different, they are, um…different because um….well….um…. they just are apparently.
I’m continually amazed at the onslaught against Christianity from people playing the “I’m offended” card when those same people are saying that burning a Quran is simply outrageous. And so, here we are debating over and over whether Pastor Jones should be stopped.
Hillariously we are told by CNN that this pastor–of a church in, where is that again…Gainesville, Florida..That this pastor of a church of, how many people…oh yeah, 50, is causing an enormous amount of hatred, dissent and division in our society.
Really??? Could it be that our National Media is causing the division, hatred and dissent? Could it be that but for CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, ABC and NBC that this event would have largely gone unnoticed except in Gainesville, Florida? So thank you media for causing the problem and then blaming Pastor Jones.
I have a brilliant idea–it is kind of radical. Let’s remember the lives lost and sacrifices made on 9/11 in a different way. Instead of causing a First Amendment battle which necessarily causes the left to become hypocritical–let’s do one or more of the following:
1. Thank our servicemen and women everytime we see them for the incredible sacrifice they make and have made.
2. Spend time in prayer for those families that lost loved ones 9 years ago.
3. Never forget that the battle against terrorism is not won overnight and will need our patience, dilligence and resolve.
and for the love of all….
4. Elect members of Congress and Presidents that respect and stand in awe of our Military and are willing to spend our tax money protecting our borders and strengthening our Armed Forces instead of taking over our domestic industry and creating billions of dollars of entitlement programs.
That would go a lot further than a burning pile of Quran embers outside of a small church in Florida.