It goes without saying that the planned Koran burning on September 11 is regrettable, distasteful, offensive, should not be happening and is just plain wrong. That is not the point. The point is in the United States Pastor Jones is free to burn the Koran, the Bible or any other book if he so wishes. America is a free country and if Jones wishes to make a political point by essentially ridiculing and rejecting someone else’s religion and making an idiot out of himself he is perfectly at liberty to do so. It’s called freedom of expression and is part of the bedrock the U.S. is built on. Americans would do well to remember that and so would freedom loving people everywhere. Our politicians, especially the President of the United States, should be defending it, not turning away from it.
Besides, Jones’s gesture pales in comparison to the atrocities committed in the name of Islam every day all over the world. People are being murdered, mutilated, degraded and threatened by it’s adherents as we speak…now that’s something to get angry about. Burning other religions holy books is not something that is foreign to Islam either.