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Why Not Hold a Tea Party Protest Against Quran Burning?

September 8, 2010

RICK MORAN, Guest Voice Columnist

Tea party folk become outraged at just about anything that President Obama and the Democrats try to accomplish these days. I do too.

Now it’s time to step up and defend America and our Constitution against a different foe; the preacher who is planning to burn Qurans on September 11 of this year.

As bad as Obama has been, there is nothing more destructive of the Constitution’s spirit and letter than burning the Quran – or any book for that matter. What this Reverend Jones is planning on doing is so antithetical to Americanism that any red-blooded tea party patriot should be steaming at the very thought that this glory-seeking preacher wants to besmirch our most sacred values by imitating Nazi brownshirts at their worst who piled high books by Jewish authors at Nuremberg and set fire to them.

There is no difference – none – between the 50 or so members of the Dove World Outreach Center and mindless Nazi drones if they carry through with this plan. This is really a no brainer for the tea party groups who have shown brilliance in organizing demonstrations against the president and his party. Why not head down to Gainesville, FL where this bunch of drooling mountebanks are about ready to spit on the Constitution, and demonstrate to protect the Quran?

I am absolutely, 100% dead serious about advocating this, despite the fact that such a demonstration will never, ever take place. If tea party groups are so all-fired, hell-bent-for-leather eager to protest against Obama’s questionable and extra-constitutional excesses, why not turn that notion into a crusade to demonstrate the idea that book burning is a slap in the face to our Founders and radically against the very idea of the First Amendment?

Ah, but don’t the inbred Teutons down in Florida have the same First Amendment right to purchase a book with their own money and burn it on private property? Of course they do – just as those who profess a reverence for the Constitution have a duty to protest against their sacrilege. What’s so hard to figure there?

To my mind, using the fact that Jones and his infantile followers have a right to burn a book as an excuse not to show America that the tea party is consistent in their love of the Constitution is hypocritical. Are tea party groups only in love with some of the Constitution? Do they wish only to protect certain sections of it?

And if you’re not going to protest against Nazi book burnings because it violates the spirit of the First Amendment, why not do it for the boys and girls serving in Afghanistan?

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

Hundreds of Afghans attended a demonstration in Kabul on Monday to protest the plans of Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has said he will burn copies of Islam’s holy book to mark the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Afghan protesters chanted “death to America,” and speakers called on the U.S. to withdraw its troops. Some protesters threw rocks at a passing military convoy.

Military officials fear the protests will likely spread to other Afghan cities, especially if the event is broadcast or ends up on Internet video.

This fellow Jones obviously doesn’t get it:

Mr. Jones, head of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said in a statement that “We understand the General’s concerns. We are sure that his concerns are legitimate.” Nonetheless, he added, “We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats.”

I would say you are being totally “dominated by their fears and threats” to the point that you would forget what country you live in and channel Adolf Hitler to make your point.

I don’t care what the rabid savages in Muslim countries will do if we burn Korans. If it wasn’t Quran burning, their holy men would find something else to stir up the primitive emotions of the uneducated rabble who can always be counted on to riot and shed blood in the name of Islam when they feel that their juvenile pride has been nicked.

My sole concern is with protecting the legacy of free expression in the United States – a legacy that would be damaged if we burn any book for any reason. Why stop at burning the Koran. Why not move on to 1001 Arabian Nights? Or the diaries of T.E. Laurence? There are dozens of books that deal with the Quran and the Muslim faith, both fiction and non-fiction. If you want to make a symbolic gesture about Islam, why not torch those volumes too?

Peter Wehner is a lot more under control than I am about this:

If he carries through on his plan, then, the actions by Jones may undermine our mission in Afghanistan and threaten the lives of those serving in that theater. People with standing in Jones’s life need to stop him, in part because his actions are deeply antithetical to our founding principles. The Third Reich burned books; those who are citizens of the United States should not.

Jones’s actions would also be an offense against the Christian faith. From what we know, Jesus not only wasn’t an advocate of book-burning; he was a lover of them, most especially the Hebrew Bible, which he often quoted. Beyond that, Christianity is premised on evangelism, on spreading what the faithful believe to be truth about God, history, and the human person. There is nothing that would lead one to embrace coercion or to stoke (literally) the flames of hatred.

Whatever differences the Christian faith has with Islam, they are ones that followers of Jesus need to articulate with reason, with measured words, and with a spirit of grace and understanding. And whatever purpose Jones thinks he’s serving, it is not the purpose of the Prince of Peace. It is, in fact, very nearly its antithesis. We can only hope that this deeply misguided pastor is stopped before he does significant damage to his country, its gallant warriors, and the faith Jones claims as his own.

Jones might not be stopped. But a clear signal of society’s disapproval can be made if tea party folks show up en masse in Gainesville to tell this charlatan that he doesn’t speak for those who love the Constitution and defend it from all besmirchers.

(Rick Moran is a 52 year old libertine from Algonquin, IL. A freelance writer with more than 15 years experience in grass roots political action, Moran has worked for a number of business trade associations running programs that teach local businessmen how to become active in the political process. Among the trade associations he has worked for at both the national and local level are The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) , the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), and the Painting and Decorating Foundation (PDF). He has been involved in more than 20 political campaigns as both a volunteer and paid staffer, having sat on a dozen or more steering committees as well as acted as speechwriter for a number of local candidates.)

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2010 1:14 pm

    @Mike
    Mike said RE:Obama
    “Unlawfully exercised the authority of his office to take private property for public use in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees to the People that “private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation,” and without “due process of law”;

    I’m sure Most Americans would have let the top
    2 % crash and Burn…

    It was the Top 2% who wanted all of US to bail them out!!!

    If you’re actually looking for crimes…your about 2 years too late…
    the constitution, the federal budget, overreaching executive branch,
    war profiteers…they were all in the prologue…you’re too little too late

    Of course they wanted it No Strings…like the Repubs gave it…
    but Obama felt that the Richie Riches of this world Needed to give
    something back when the take OUR money…like some rules and regulations…

    When you’re on WELFARE…you have to abide by all kinds of REGULATIONS…
    Yeah..it was a shocker to the fat cats that their CORPORATE WELFARE
    was no loner a REPUBLICAN FREE RIDE!

  2. Mike permalink
    September 24, 2010 8:28 pm

    Why on earth would the Tea party care or protest against burning the Koran? I don’t think you understand the constitution or the first amendment do you? It is precisely the kind of act, whether we like it or agree with it or not, that supports the protection of this pastor. If anything the tea party would agree to allow the burning. This doesn’t dampen the spirit of the constitution. This shows the power of it.

    I wonder where you were when illegals and Muslims were burning the American Flag? Did you speak up then? How about the burning of Bibles that Muslims have entertained for years? Was your outrage heard then?

    This blog is foolishness and fodder for foolish children. No wonder we are growing and you, shrinking into absurdity and irrelevance.

    Freedom to worship whom you will is also the same freedom to desecrate whatever book or symbol you wish. Furthermore, you don’t really know anything about Islam do you?

    I could give you a brief history lesson if you’d like? This is no mere religion. Islam is a political power and military might as well as an Ideology. So keep up the charade. By crying wolf, you only alert the other wolves.

    • Jason permalink
      October 8, 2010 3:18 pm

      @ Mike
      from Clarence Hagmeier a few comments down

      “Using the First Amendment in order to subvert it.”

      You contradict yourself constantly
      You say “Freedom to worship whom you will is also the same freedom to desecrate whatever book or symbol you wish.” Then get “I wonder where you were when illegals and Muslims were burning the American Flag? Did you speak up then?” You speak as if you think it’s wrong to burn the flag, yet say it’s okay to desecrate whatever book or symbol you wish. Which is it? Americas 1st amendment, or your personal version of it?

      Not only that, but your little rant about Obama being in violation of his constitutional oath was so full of half truthes it made me feel as if I was watching FOX entertainment. Part of me wants to ask how exactly he violated the 5th amendment, but I know I would only receive more BS, so….skip it.

      I think, like most Tea drinkers, you’re not thinking your thoughts through to completion before opening your mouth and vomiting your verbal diarrea all over the floor, then proudly claiming your ignorance as gospel sent down from your lord and savior Mr. Rupert Murdoch.

  3. Mike permalink
    September 24, 2010 8:18 pm

    Naomi: muslims burn bibles all the time. The US Army burned bibles in Saudi Arabia so as not to offend Muslims. It’s wrong because you say so? How about the illegals burning American Flags? Is that wrong?

  4. Mike permalink
    September 24, 2010 8:16 pm

    You mean like Obama buying off congressmen and senators so that they would vote for his appalling tax care? You mean like the feds intruding into government workers lives with threats to stop all rhetoric opposing obamacare thus frightening them into silence? Or do you mean the blog from the WH that asked everyone to spy on their neighbors and report any fishy anti Obama care emails directly to the white house? Like that? or the myriad of the adminstration mouth pieces who basically tell the reporters to shut up and deal with it? You mean the countless crimes Obama has committed against the Republic and lied about? Such as:

    In his conduct while President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has:

    Unlawfully exercised the authority of his office to take private property for public use in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees to the People that “private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation,” and without “due process of law”;

    Unlawfully interfered with the management of private companies for the purpose of achieving government control of them, in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

    Unlawfully interfered with the economic rights of the People by imposing unreasonable impairments in the fulfillment of their intended contractual obligations, and their ability to enter into such contracts, and attempting to change our fundamental economic system, where there is no significant or legitimate public purpose to do so.

    In doing this, Barack Hussein Obama has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President, and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

    Wherefore, Barack Hussein Obama, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

    In his conduct while President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice, and to that end, through his subordinates and agents, has:

    unlawfully engaged in a conspiracy to suppress evidence of the true place of his birth. This obstruction of justice has resulted in a violation of the Constitutional provision that a President of the United States must be a natural born citizen.

    Unlawfully refused his assent to the Laws of the United States, and exercised false powers of veto that are contrary to Constitution.

    In all of this, Barack Hussein Obama has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President, and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

    Wherefore, Barack Hussein Obama, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

    Fools. You understand nothing. You live in your little bubbles upholding the rights of vile human beings and murderers while trying to silence the voice of the Christian, and for over 70 years.

    • September 25, 2010 7:32 am

      You mean like Obama buying off congressmen and senators so that they would vote for his appalling tax care?

      Hey, someone has to make sure taxes have access to adequate care, don’t they?

  5. Naomi McCrea permalink
    September 10, 2010 8:40 pm

    If he is allowed to burn the Koran than all religuons will be jepodized by his actions. I am a catholic7 iwouldn’t want my bible or any chrietian biblr burned, It would be like hitler burning books. It is hate against all faiths. I will be reading my bible tonight. It is wrong .

  6. September 9, 2010 11:46 am

    It is America to express One’s opinions freely…that’s the rub here

    The Dems do have a problem, with nonsense like this moron
    in that they try to uphold (being American)
    the basic American value of freedom of expression…
    even by the idiotic and the dangerous.

    The Repubs. on the other hand
    HAVE NO PROBLEM
    crying Treason
    crying Nazi
    crying Unamerican
    …because they seem to
    believe the only free speech permitted
    is that which they agree with…sore loser syndrome…

    The fact that they are silent on this is appalling…it also
    is probably good for their political agenda…that’s all
    they seem to care about- power…
    not that they did anything good with it for the eight years they had it
    except make their friends rich and destroy the rest of us…

    In general I think the dems do a bad job of getting their message
    out…but I disagree that they do a bad job of governing.

    I believe having a government that would enforce a gag
    order even on this pedophile, servant of anarchy, would
    be far worse than allowing this disturbed person to go forward

    Many, IMHO< important things have been accomplished
    by the dems at a truly bankrupt point in our history
    despite a whole lot of negativity toward them in
    thought and action.

  7. Clarence Hagmeier permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:47 pm

    This is the example de jour of what the Democrats are doing such a horrible job of governing. (The Republicans do a worse job, but for a different reason.)

    This guy fixin’ to burn a bunch of Korans is:
    Using the First Amendment in order to subvert it.
    Putting any American anywhere in a Moslem country at risk.
    In particular the American and Nato forces in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan etc.

    Top Democrats deplore this action. The Secretary of State finds it “regrettable”. I’m sure Ambassadors are having private meeting in World Capitals to explain that this is an isolated incident.

    If Republican sensibilities were as offended about something as much as ours should be, there would be bellows of fury from every side. Charges of unAmericanism from Senators and Cabinet Secretaries. Talk show hosts would be inquiring where the money came from to buy those Korans. The local Fire Department would be pressured into denying a permit, and if the burning carried on would arrive full force to put it out “For safety reasons”.

    I want to stress that the fact that Republicans are more effective is no reason to vote for them. A Republican Administration would likely be encouraging it.

    BTW, has anyone heard anything about this from the noise machine? I don’t watch Faux, and I haven’t seen anything in the general news.

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