The controversial actions of both Terry Jones and Lady Gaga have succeeded in generating attention. But have they achieved the results intended?
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I am a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. But having the right to do something brings with it a certain responsibility for common sense and fairness.
The idea that the horror innocent persons have suffered should go unpunished on the basis that some information "may" be revealed that the government wishes to keep secret is a travesty.
Feisal Rauf would not make much if any sense to most Muslims who live outside the "first world". Pastor Jones is a marginal figure within Christianity. Both of them hanker after fame with little regard to the consequences of their actions.
In Gainesville, Florida people have rallied around a message of hatred. Wouldn't it be better to speak respectfully and mindfully? What we do now makes a difference, for better or for worse.
Pastor Jones has the right to burn every Quran he can find in the state of Florida. And he can do it naked. But advertising the act took it to another level.
Worst to me is the airtime given to outright bigots like the pastor who intends to have the mass book burning of the Koran. Talk about finding a way to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world!
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