April 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Terry Jones, a lunatic preacher who has made himself famous burning or threatening to burn Koran’s, was convicted by a Michigan court of threatening to incite violence in holding a protest outside a mosque. Jones has chosen jail over a $1 bond. I’m left wondering if this is America anymore. I don’t particularly like Jones speech, in my opinion the best way to lead Muslims to Jesus Christ is not by burning a Koran outside of a mosque. But in the United States we have a right to burn Korans, just like we have a right to burn a Bible.
If Jones proposed burning a Bible outside of a fundamentalist church you can rest assured that he would not be arrested for threatening to incite violence. You can rest assured that a jury wouldn’t be asked to determine what his intent is. So why is the Wayne County prosecutors office prosecuting Jones for threatening to burn a Koran? Why are we bending over backward to protect Muslims when we wouldn’t protect any other group? This is yet another example of social justice gone wild. Rather than apply the law equally, the state is protecting a group of people with unconstitutional laws that they’ll never use to protect anyone else.
Jones has a right to hold a protest outside of a mosque, so long as he isn’t on mosque property. Jones has the right to burn a Koran. Even if we don’t like this sort of protest or speech, it is protected by the Constitution. We don’t get to declare that Muslims might get violent and use that as an excuse to thwart free speech. If Muslims get violent over a Koran burning, perhaps there’s something wrong with them. In the United States people are free to burn whatever they want, including the Bible, flag and Koran. Muslims don’t get to dictate our law based on their violent tendencies or their threats of violence.
What this decision reflects a creeping of sharia law into the American courtroom. Muslims have demanded and received sharia law applied to them in much of Europe and in Canada. Demands have been made here in the US and a few courts have deferred to sharia law. Mind you sharia law requires women to be covered head to toe, allows for honor killings for women caught talking to men and so on. Is this really the sort of law we want applied here in the US? The Wayne County decision leads us towards sharia law because it places protecting the Koran above free speech.
Terry Jones is the new hero of free speech in America. The outrageous prosecution and conviction must be appealed and it must be overturned. We should not ban speech based on the violent tendencies or whining demands of Muslims or any other group. We must not sacrifice American values such as free speech to appease Muslims.