Members of the Dove Outreach World Center in Gainesville, Fla., plan to burn a copy (or copies) of the koran on Sept. 11.
Church members certainly have a right to burn anything, as long as the action does not violate local fire codes. Burning a copy of the koran seems a dumb idea, sort of like building a mosque near Ground Zero.
Reacting to the news, demonstrators in Kabul, Afghanistan, marched outside the U.S. embassy, and shouting “Death to America” and burning an effigy of the church’s minister.
Reacting to the demonstrators (and acting in a manner hardly reminiscent of President T.R. Roosevelt’s advice to “Speak softly and carry a big stick”), the U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a statement:
"The United States government in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups.
"Americans from all religious and ethnic backgrounds reject this offensive initiative by this small group in Florida, a great number of American voices are protesting the hurtful statements made by this organization."
Well, who would have known! “The United States government … is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups.”
Here’s a guess: A great number of Americans of differing religious and ethnic groups were offended when the same U.S. State Department included Arizona’s immigration enforcement bill in a report to the United Nations commission on human rights. Did that offense concern the State Department? No doubt those offended continue to cling to their God and their guns; a position that offends not only the present secretary of state, but also her boss, the president.
Here’s another guess: An equal of greater number of Americans of differing religious and ethnic groups were offended when President Obama announced his support of a mosque near Ground Zero.
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