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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Religious Fire

Talk about false equivalencies.

I'm not entirely sure what the caller's point ( if in fact he had one to begin with ) was regarding communications between members of the American military on active duty and "media", but it came off as yet another example of "be quite unless you are going to tell me something I actually want to hear".

And comparing Petraeus' valid concerns that the actions of the ironically named The Dove World Church would hamper efforts in Afghanistan to McCrystal's nurturing of an atmosphere of insubordination towards the Obama administration have nothing in common.


The Hill reports that NATO Sec. Gen. Rasmussen sides with Petraeus on this one:

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday said he “strongly” condemns the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church.

Rasmussen said such actions could have a “negative impact" on the security of the NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Terry Jones, the pastor of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has said he will burn copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I think it’s a disrespectful action and in general I really urge people to respect other people’s faith and behave respectfully,” Rasmussen told reporters in Washington, ahead of a meeting with President Obama. “I think such actions are in a strong contradiction of all the values we stand for and fight for.”

And while The Constitution allows for freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, there is one thing that fringe conservative zealots like Terry Jones are all to eager to ignore is that those freedoms don't come without potential consequences.

1 comment:

Darius Whiteplume said...

I think I'll try to organize a Bible burning for September 10th. Meh. That smacks of effort.

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