Prelude: I am not in favor of burning books. I am surrounded by books, and I can seldom bring myself to give away the ones I no longer use, let alone burn any of them! Also, I am a Christian and I know that Islam is a false religion. That said, I would not burn the Quran for its supposed shock value. That just seems uncivilized to me.
The main point: Given the hysterics into which many high government officials have gone recently over some little Nowheresville ‘pastor’ who wants to burn the Quran on 9-11 this year, I have to ask what one pundit asked today, “If the Army can burn Bibles, why can’t civilians burn Qurans?” Ben Witherington’s comments from last year when the Bible-burning story broke are very good.
According to a report from last year:
Central Command General Order No. 1 specifically forbids “proselytizing of any faith, religion or practice” and is to be strongly enforced in sectors which are predominantly Muslim, for fear such material distribution will be taken as an attempt on behalf of the U.S. to proselytize and convert the local people.
Here’s a little news flash for Hillary Clinton and all the other ‘high officials’ who are having a fit over the would-be Quran-burners: We have this little thing (speaking of things labeled “1”) we call Amendment No. One to the U. S. Constitution. It guarantees the right of political and religious expression, things like burning Qurans. There are no stated exceptions for the stupidity of the expression involved.
Christians didn’t kill anyone or even think of doing so when the Army burned Bibles. If Muslims murder because someone, somewhere, burns a Quran, perhaps that just says something about some Muslims versus all Christians.