Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The First Amendment means we have a right to say when you're being an idiot

So you've probably seen the news about Terry Jones, the nutcase pastor in Gainesville who has organized a Koran-burning at his church on September 11th.  

The church is called "Dove World Outreach Center" in an apparent misunderstanding of the word "irony," because I see nothing dove-like/peaceful or resembling outreach to anyone in the activities of this church.  These are the same morons who put up signs saying "Islam is of the Devil," and an anti-gay slur during the Gainesville mayor's race last March.  

The First Amendment means that Terry Jones has every right to be as ugly and hateful as he wants to be, to say what he likes and burn a Koran if he wants to.  It also means that I can say that this so-called "pastor" is being a total jacka**.

Glenn Beck posted the following thoughts on TheBlaze.com earlier today:
I’m on vacation and trying to unplug but the news can make that hard. I just read the story about the Florida church planning to burn copies of the Koran.
What is wrong with us?  It’s just like the Ground Zero mosque plan.   Does this church have the right?  Yes.  Should they?  No.  And not because of the potential backlash or violence. Simply because it is wrong.  The more I reflect on what happened on 8/28 the more I realize the amazing power of GOOD.
We must be the better person.  We must be bigger than our problems.  Bigger than the times in which we live.  Burning the Koran is like burning the flag or the Bible.  You can do it, but whose heart will you change by doing it?   You will only harden the hearts of those who could be moved.   None of those who are thinking about killing us will be affected, but our good Muslim friends and neighbors will be saddened. It makes the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.
Let us rise above the current levels and elevate ourselves and our country.   The only thing this act would prove is that you CAN burn a Koran.   I didn’t know America was in doubt on that fact.   Let’s prove to each other that while there are many things we can do, there are maybe many more things that we choose not to do.
Well said, Mr. Beck.

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