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It’s free speech. And it’s a book.

April 5, 2011

I honestly had no idea that Terry Jones had recently burned a Quran until I read about the riots in Afghanistan.  Why the huge over-reaction in Afghanistan and no where else?

 

We have our “ally” Karzai to thank for that. He ignited the outrage in Afghanistan to attempt to gain some political advantage.  Think about it.  How would the average Afghani even know about something that happened in Florida?

Even General Petraeus has condemned the burning while completely failing to condemn the violent reaction to that burning.  Free speech in the United States was answered with murderous attacks in Afghanistan.  Do we really need to discuss which action should be condemned?

Robert Spencer said it better than I could (emphasis mine):

To be sure, Petraeus is in a tough spot. It is understandable if he has thought it imprudent to mount a full-throated defense of the freedom of speech while American troops have to face this madness in Afghanistan. But wouldn’t it be possible for him to appeal for calm and sanity without kowtowing so abjectly to Islamic supremacist sensibilities? By condemning the burning of the “Holy Koran” without a single mitigating word of any kind, and offering “condolences to the families of all those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the burning of the Holy Koran” without denouncing the irrationality and insanity of these murders, he is effectively endorsing the Islamic war against the freedom of speech. If burning the Qur’an is so deplorable, after all, why should it be legal?

And when they find their own freedom of expression suddenly severely restricted, those in the West who today are condemning Terry Jones so self-righteously will rue the day they didn’t stand up for Jones’s right to say and do even what they found objectionable.

 

Burning a Quran or a Bible or a flag to make a point are all examples of free speech.  And, contrary to what Senator Lindsay Graham might want, free speech in protected by the US Constitution.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Eman. permalink
    October 28, 2011 7:32 pm

    Isn’t your husband Muslim? And aren’t your kids half Pakistani? Mommy hating her babies? Tsk tsk, where is social services..

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