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Obama Slams Florida Pastor’s Quran-Burning Plan

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Posted on Sep 9, 2010
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It’s amazing what one bigoted gesture can do in these, our volatile times. All you have to do is be a professional ignoramus masquerading as a Christian clergyman, such as Florida pastor Terry Jones, let your incredibly poor sensibility about global politics and religion compromise both your better judgment and the safety of your local community, and next thing you know, you have the attention of the president of the U.S.A.

That’s what happened Thursday morning, when none other than President Barack Obama held forth on “Good Morning America” about Jones’ widely condemned plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.  —KA

BBC:

In an interview with ABC television, Mr Obama said he hoped Mr Jones “understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans, that this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance”.

“And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform,” the president said.

“Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities,” he said.

“I hope he listens to those better angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in,” the president said.

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By rollzone, September 10, 2010 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

hello. burn the book. it is political doctrine more
than religion. a modern translation may be more
acceptable. freedom of speech is not negotiable.

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By Maani, September 10, 2010 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

Rico:

Welcome.  And superbly on point.

Peace.

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By rico, suave, September 10, 2010 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

Maani:

“In this regard, I do agree with your overall point: one cannot support the building of the Islamic center at its current location on First Amendment grounds and then turn around and deny Jones’ First Amendment right to free speech.”

That’s all I was trying to say. Thanks.

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By Maani, September 10, 2010 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

Rico:

“Why does Obama defend the mosque, the LOCATION (not the EXISTENCE) of which is deeply offensive to the vast majority of 9/11 victims’ families and an huge majority of Americans generally…”

First, re “vast majority” of victims’ families, you are incorrect.  There are as many victims’ families who support the location as there are who oppose it.  You are buying into what you see in the MSM, which is the very vocal opposition of a realtively small group of victims’ families.

Second, re a “huge majority of Americans,” since when is the application of the First Amendment subject to polls or public referendums, much less personal sentiment or feelings?  The KKK can march through a black neighborhood as easily as a white one, and a Nazi skinhead group can hold a rally in a Jewish neighborhood as easily as a Christian one.  Feelings will be hurt.  But unless the “hate speech” rises to “inciting to violence,” it is protected.

In this regard, I do agree with your overall point: one cannot support the building of the Islamic center at its current location on First Amendment grounds and then turn around and deny Jones’ First Amendment right to free speech.

Peace.

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By diman, September 10, 2010 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Shit, and I was kind of hoping to see a good show, with this wackoloon pastor burning the “holy” book. Come on pastor, don’t be bailing out just now, god is on your side, burn it.

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By rico, suave, September 10, 2010 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

Why does Obama defend the mosque, the LOCATION (not the EXISTENCE) of which is deeply offensive to the vast majority of 9/11 victims’ families and an huge majority of Americans generally, yet condemn the pastor for wanting to exercise his free speech right to be a total asshole, bigot and hatemonger?

Once again, when you start prohibiting speech you don’t like, it’s all over.

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By Maani, September 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

bloomingdedalus:

“The quicker the human race rejects the notion of deities, the better off humanity will be.”

Religious wars, holy wars, Crusades, inquisitions, progroms, witch hunts, etc. have caused the deaths of ~50,000,000 to ~75,000,000 in all of recorded history.  (Based on various estimates by a variety of historians.)

Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot caused the deaths of ~150,000,000 IN JUST 70 YEARS!  (Actually documented.)

You might want to learn some history before you make statements like that.

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By bloomingdedalus, September 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

The quicker the human race rejects the notion of deities, the better off humanity will be.

Unfortunately, people are ignoramuses.

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By quran, September 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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pls.pls.terry don’t make our allah to get angrey whith us if u do all what u saying that is not the right thing u doing pls pls terry u making our allah to make the world end if u burn the world end

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