Tonight I was watching CNN’s Rick Sanchez. He was commenting on how the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, said Terry Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11 “could cause significant problems” for American troops overseas.” Sanchez’s commentary brought back, for me, memories of Abu Ghraib and the Qur’an desecration controversy of 2005.
Sanchez stated, “People are angry and they think it [Qur’an burning] represents America” (0:28-0:31). Perhaps Mr. Sanchez misspoke. Certainly, the vast majority of Americans do not agree with the plans of Terry Jones to burn Qur’ans. However:
- Doesn’t Qur’an burning represent “America”?
- Isn’t one of of fundamental American freedoms, “Freedom of Speech”?
Under the banner of “freedom”, people have been desecrating what others hold sacred for years – remember the Piss Christ?. Neither I nor the vast majority of Americans agree with Terry Jones’ exercise of freedom. However, doesn’t “America” give him the constitutional right to burn copies of the Qur’an?