I’m sure many of you have seen the news stories about the controversy surrounding the Florida church that has pledged to burn copies of the Muslim Quran on the anniversary of September 11. This has obviously caused quite a bit of controversy, especially since Gen. David Petraeus has made public statements citing his concerns that Americans deliberately burning the Quran will anger extremists who will target U.S. soldiers abroad and result in lost American lives.
First, you have to acknowledge the irony of this statement given all the claims that Islam is a religion of peace.
But what really jumped out at me when reading about this topic were quotes like this one from David Axelrod:
“The reverend [of the Florida church] may have the right to do what he’s doing but it’s not right. It’s not consistent with our values. … I hope that his conscience and his good sense will take hold.”
I don’t necessarily disagree with that statement. It acknowledges the right that these folks have to do what they want to do, but it points out that it is distasteful and perhaps not the wisest and most productive thing to do.
Don’t you wish Axelrod would have come out with this statement in regard to the Ground Zero mosque, too?
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