Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Here’s Pam Geller on Fox Business (WTF does this have to do with business news, btw?) discussing the plan by an attention whore of a radical, rightwing church to burn the Koran on 9/11:
From her own blog:
- “If Americans are free and not under Sharia, then the church can do this if it wants, and their freedom and rights should be protected. Islamic supremacists should not be allowed a victory for their violent intimidation — if these people want to burn a book, they’re free to do so.”
- “If they were burning a Bible, no one would be threatening violence against them.”
I’ll agree that Geller is right that the church is exercising free speech. However, the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” the former Burlington Coat Factory Islamic Center blocks away from Ground Zero is a constitutionally protected exercise of their freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and property rights. All of these are rights Geller has convenient left out in her diatribe against a community center a mosque, a strip club, and another block away from the Ground Zero site.
But the notion that if someone announced an intention to burn a Bible, say days after Christmas (Ramadan, a major holy Muslim holiday ends Thursday, days before this Bible burning is planned) would not create a firestorm of controversy and potentially violence in this country is absurd.
His announcement made international news…. it was widely condemned. The church did not burn the bibles, but the pastor claimed that they shredded bibles in their church (off camera) despite a media presence at the event awaiting outside of the church.
Geller tells us that an abandoned Burlington Coat Factory cannot be used by Muslim youths to plays sports, socialize, and yes, pray, because a few blocks is too close to Ground Zero and it will, in her words, be viewed as a symbol of Islamic extremists victory and “conquering” over that site. Build it, Geller, proclaims, and the terrorists win.
But when told that the top U.S. military commanders fear that images of Americans cheering the burning of the most sacred Islamic holy texts could put people who, unlike Geller, didn’t enlist in 101st Keyboardist Brigade, but in the actual military in harm’s way, Geller shrugs off Gen. Petraeus’ concerns and tells them to grow a pair. Easy for her. She gets to defend this Koran burning from the confines of a Fox News Studio. Petraeus has to defend it on the streets of Afghanistan where we are trying to win the hearts and minds of the Islamic population there—a task that the Pam Gellers of the world could care less.
The idea that the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith approach to promoting healing and understanding that not all Muslims are anti-America hating terrorist is the same as this Koran burning is ridiculous. To be the same, you’d have to find some evidence, hell any, that the people behind Cordoba intend to present the 9/11 terrorists as heroes and not the heretics to the faith as they clearly view them.
One is an intended monument of tolerance and understanding; the other hate. Perhaps I fail to see the subtleties of the moment. If so, it is still more awareness than Geller’s blind devotion to her ideological/religious crusade demonstrates. Perhaps I am the one-eyed man in the land of the blind.
As I watch these two events converge and see idiots like Pam Geller attempt to contort her obviously contradictory positions that a community center cannot be built because it would appease Islamic extremist terrorists (which is actually likely untrue), but a public burning of the Koran cannot be discouraged simply because it would… please those same terrorists, I’m left with this final thought: We live in the Age of Information, but not an Age of Reason.
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