Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg, meet Pastor Jones

The wonderfully named Dove World Outreach Center plans to burn one or more Korans on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities at Ground Zero and the Pentagon (and an aborted one over Pennsylvania). The man behind this scheme is a certain Pastor Terry Jones, who also wouldn't mind selling you a book entitled (or a coffee mug inscribed) Islam Is of the Devil.

I think we owe Pastor Jones a great debt for clarifying the matter of the Ground Zero mosque. Let's run through it briefly: does he have a right to burn the Koran? Absolutely! It's in the First Amendment, as understood by the U.S. Supreme Court. Burning stuff is protected speech.

So where are Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Times on this matter?  Are they supporting Pastor Jones's First Amendment rights? Hell, no. They find his proposal offensive and injurious to American interests--which of course it is.

And the same of course is true of the Ground Zero mosque. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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