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Friday, September 10, 2010

Don't ask, don't tell Terry Jones

Perhaps Terry Jones will now shift his attention to burning the Constitution.

The Summer of Hate promises to end with a bonfire, not a whimper following a pastor with an undersized flock and an oversized media contingent trying to stoke up a level of hatred not seen around here since Sept. 11, 2001.

The days leading up to that solemn anniversary have certainly been strange, with the Florida pastor holding the international stage hostage over his plan to burn the Koran. Jones first resisted mass entreaties -- from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus to name three -- as he pursued his small-minded stunt.

He finally relented, maybe, after allegedly brokering a deal to move the other symbol of Right Wing Hate, the Islamic community center several blocks from the former World Trade Center site, known universally and incorrectly as the Ground Zero mosque.

Seem the not-so-good reverend doesn't understand the difference between someone agreeing to talk to him and someone agreeing to take action.

All the while this pathetic farce has played out on television screens, aided and abetted by a media contingent larger than the 60-member church congregation.

But the prayers have been answered for those who revel in right wing hate and feared the future when Jones' 15 minutes end.

A federal judge in California has struck down the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy as a violation of the First and Fifth Amendments. The ruling was made after the close of business of the East Coast media cycle so the Hate Speech crowd hasn't really had a chance to react yet.

One fervent request when they do: please don't ask Terry Jones what he thinks. I've had enough of his hate-filled screeds. Heck, he might even burn the Constitution in protest.

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Blogger Daniel said...

There are some dark ironies here, it seems to me. Burning flags, burning bibles, burning Korans all seem to fall in the same category of protected, though perhaps offensive, speech. For the same reasons that many of us supported the rights of the New York imam to open a mosque within five blocks of Ground Zero, though the action might offend some people, I think we have to remember that Jones has every right to express his own potentially offensive opinions through this type of protest. Like the Nazi march in Skokie, or Larry Flynt, or what have you. Those who would metaphorically "burn the constitution" would seem to be those who advocate the forcible restriction of the rights of either the New York imam or Reverend Jones. The correct response here is to maintain our crucial protections for freedom of speech and religion, though we might not agree with the content of speech or the dogmas of religion. Indeed, the Constitution protects even those who would "burn" it.

September 11, 2010 5:58 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Amen Dsniel.

September 12, 2010 8:47 AM  

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