Thursday, September 9, 2010

Indonesian president asks Obama to block Koran burning





By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network


It's now become an international incident - the planned burning of Korans by a Gainesville church on September 11. The president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is imploring President Obama to intervene and stop it.

The problem, of course, is that he can't. He can, as he has as recently as this morning, speak out against it. But it's protected speech under the First Amendment. Pastor Terry Jones and his followers can, by law, burn Korans on Saturday - as a demonstration of their religious hatred for another religion.

I'm not a Christian, but from what I understand of Christianity, it's not a very Christian thing to do. And that's the point that President Obama made in an interview aired today on ABC's Good Morning America.

What is frightening to me is that there are Americans who feel this Koran burning is OK. Most of those who support Jones also oppose the proposed Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero.

It's a bit ironic, isn't it? Given that they think it's insensitive to build an Islamic center so close to where so many people died on September 11, 2001 at the hands of Muslim extremists. And that, like the planned Koran burning, no matter one's objection, the government can't, by law, step in and block it.

I bet the blood boils for many of those who support Jones' Saturday stunt when they see the burning of an American flag or a Bible. Well, even though there have been recent attempts to pass laws making the burning of the flag illegal, that's protected speech too. Something they may want to keep in mind next time it happens.

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