Having the right doesn’t make it right.

Why hasn’t Obama come out and told the American people that it is well within the Constitutional rights of this Pastor to burn the Koran? He’s been quick to castigate the wisdom of doing such, yet he hasn’t defended the right to do so. This is in direct contrast to the Ground Zero Mosque, where he was there to defend the right to do so, but refused to comment on the wisdom of such. What’s the difference, for if this is a question of freedom of religion and speech, then are these both not protected actions?

What’s the difference?

The American people, interestingly enough, seem to see this for what it is- a provocation. That goes for both by the way. The majority are against burning the Koran, likewise, the majority are against building a mosque on Ground Zero. To listen to the left (Olberman, Shultz, Maddow, etc), these are mutually exclusive positions since to be against the GZ Mosque is to be an Islamophobe, which one would think would relish a good Koran burning. But that just isn’t the case.

Hmmmmm, maybe there is a little something to the argument that the GZ Mosque and the general opposition to it has absolutely NOTHING to do with freedom of religion and everything to do with tolerance.

This Eid, the ending celebration following the conclusion of the month of Ramadan, will fall on September 11th. Recognizing this, most Mosques are calling for a subdued Eid celebration, recognizing the sensitivities of the 9/11 date- that’s tolerance. That’s something to be celebrated and appreciated, not because they have the Constitutional right to do so, which they obviously do and that is without question, but because it was the <i>wise</i> thing to do. Why is it wrong to expect the same from New York?

While we’re on the topic of tolerance, let’s consider this: tolerance is not accepting that which you agree with. It is practicing restraint in the face of that which you disagree with, recognizing they have a right to do so. Islam has repeatedly failed this test. The Danish cartoon’s is by far the best example, but this is a test as well. You don’t have to like the fact that some nut job is burning the Koran, but consider the source re: nut job and move on. Sending over a hundred threats to the Pastor, regardless of how vile you find him, only solidifies the stereotype that Islam is not a tolerant religion.

Right now, only the American people have been right on these issues: no, you should not burn the Koran, likewise, no, you should not build a Mosque on ground zero.

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