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September 7th, 2010 10:40 am
Accept Ground Zero Mosque, But Stop Planned Quran Burning?
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So General David Petraeus has come out against the proposed burning of Qurans by a Florida church to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, opining that it will motivate Islamic militants.  Fair enough – Petraeus is entitled to his opinion and our respect.

But imagine instead if Petraeus came out in opposition against the proposed Ground Zero mosque in New York City, and the liberal commentariat’s hysteria that would ensue.  After all, many argue that Islamic militants abroad will be encouraged and motivated in their fight by a mosque on the very American soil where their compatriots slaughtered almost 3,000 people.  In fact, they’ve already sounded that trumpet.  So one can imagine a general expressing reservations toward the mosque on those grounds.

For his part, President Obama notoriously inserted his foot into his mouth by defending the Ground Zero mosque, citing express First Amendment freedoms.  Well, the Florida church possesses not only that same First Amendment religious latitude, but also the First Amendment freedom of expression to burn the Quran.  Any bets on whether Obama will take this opportunity to support these Constitutional freedoms that he claims to hold so sacred?

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