Saturday, September 11, 2010

Koran Burning Insanity

  • Patrick J. Buchanan of all people argues that "if Eric Holder cannot find a charge against Jones, or an inherent power of a war president to prevent actions imminently damaging to the war effort, Obama should find some Justice Department attorneys who can" — Bonfire of the Korans.

  • Alexander Cockburn writes, "By the end of the week, the air was so thick with pieties about the need for tolerance and respect for all creeds that one yearned for the Rev. Terry Jones, mutton chop whiskers akimbo, to rescind his last minute cave-in, stiffen his spine, then toss those Korans into the burn barrels outside his Gainesville church in Florida and torch them on this year’s anniversary of 9/11" — The Koran at Fahrenheit 451.

  • The Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church reminds us that he is not one for "pieties about the need for tolerance and respect for all creeds" — Florida church may not burn Qurans, but Kansas church says it will.

  • This news "despite the fact that Rev Terry Jones, after considerable equivocation, said finally that he would not go through with his initiative" — Demonstrations against pastor, church set on fire in Pakistan. Also reports of "attacking others in Pakistan, demonstrations organised by Islamic groups with thousands of people in the streets of Indonesia and Afghanistan, and one death reported in the latter."
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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow! Not every day that I agree with Alexander Cockburn rather than the great Patrick J.

    10:08 PM  
    Blogger love the girls said...

    I often find myself agreeing with Cockburn rather than Patrick J. Including this time. For among other reason's because of Buchanan's inside the beltway response of sending the feds to solve what a non issue.

    Besides, most books deserve to be burned on their own merit.

    12:03 AM  
    Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

    I wish this guy had stuck to his guns to the very last minute, and then in front of all the world's media said (with an Arabic translator with him):

    "It was all a hoax. We just wanted to get your attention so you know how we feel when you burn our churches and chop off our heads for wearing crosses."

    It'd have been a great "got'cha" and teaching moment that even the liberal MSM would have had to endorse for the coming week.

    3:33 AM  
    Anonymous m.z. said...

    Obscenity would be decent enough grounds to prevent such an occurrence except that the Supreme Court deems a lot of obscenity to be protected speech, starting with flag burning.

    3:55 AM  
    Blogger love the girls said...

    'Obscenity' ???

    It is no more obscene to burn an heretical book than it is to burn any other idolatrous image.

    4:32 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Pints, that would have been genius!

    m.z., that flag burning, let alone Koran burning, might be obscenity is an interesting argument, one over which I'll have to mull.

    l.t.g., echoing Chesterton, it is terrible to contemplete how few books are burned. Echoing Brecht, which is the greater crime, to burn a Koran or to kiss one?

    5:38 AM  

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