Having established that, I can feel comfortable about stating some points on
To be clear - The issue at stake is far more basic than free speech/First Amendment rights. No one in his right mind disputes the fact that our free speech rights are rightly very broad in the
Also to be clear - Nor is the issue about the Koran itself. This book is incendiary, hateful, (especially of Jews- calling them apes), and promotes a socioeconomic system of subjugation and slavery of enemies throughout its pages. It takes the God of the Old and New Testaments and turns him into a slave master with the mentality of a pagan Arabian deity. Women are allowed to give testimony which is valued at half that of a man. Its restrictions and mandates appear designed to grind the cultural progress of a society to a halt. Particularly galling to me is how it takes accounts from the Old and New Testaments and twists them into bizarre versions that completely negate the whole point of the original account.
The point at hand is this -
When one is deciding whether or not to perform any act, he must take into account events that are likely to occur, either directly or indirectly, as a result.
The plight of Christians in Muslim-majority nations is well known. Even ignoring all that has happened up until the modern era, it does not take a scholar to know that the life of a Christian in these countries is indeed held very cheaply. They are subjected to murders, beatings, kidnapping and rapes, and Church burnings, often by rampaging mobs of Muslims. Even before the loosening of what little fetters held the Muslims back (by the
Terry Jones (I will avoid the title 'Pastor' as the word connotes one who acts as a shepherd - one who protects) Had finally followed through with his widely publicized threats and burned a copy of the Koran in March of 2011.
(Note that technically a Koran must be in Arabic to in fact be a Koran - in any other language it is a commentary on the Koran)
I will not entertain any protests of support of Mr. Jones or any of his cohorts in the commission of this act. Yes, it was of course legal and the Koran is still as dangerous as I described above.
Here is the main point- Mr. Jones' act essentially directly imperiled Christians in mainly Muslim countries by his act. Mr. Jones and his cronies did this act while nestled safely in the bosom that is the American infrastructure of Law Enforcement and military. I cannot believe that Mr. Jones was not aware that murders and rapes of Christians were committed in Muslim countries immediately following the publication of the Mohammed cartoons. At least in that case the publishers themselves were in much more danger than Mr. Jones and his followers as European nations like
Mr. Jones performed a tremendously inflammatory, albeit legal, act that he knew could well result in severe violence on Christians who live in a perpetual hostage status. They have trouble getting Visas to leave their countries, nations like the
There is a word to describe a person who, from a safe and secure position, does something that he knows will provoke vicious and barbaric people to attack others when the original actor will not be able to even stand up and protect the innocent while the attacks occur. The word is coward.
Mr. Jones wanted to play-act the role of soldier. He could have flown to, say,