Sarah Palin and I see eye to eye when it comes to the Florida pastor’s plans to host a Koran burning. From the Daily Caller:
Former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin called on the Florida pastor who is planning a Koran burning on Sept. 11 to cancel the event, and compared the book burning to the plan to build a Muslim community center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks in Lower Manhattan.
“People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero,” Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page. “I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance.”
While the man behind the book burning, Gainesville, Florida-based pastor Terry Jones, has said he is “praying” about whether to go through with the event on Saturday, he spent the week defending the planned event.
I completely agree with Ms. Palin. Although Rev. Jones has the right to burn the Koran, he shouldn’t do it. However, I think some of the condemnations of the Koran burning event have actually just given the event more attention. This is largely a media-driven story. No media coverage, no controversy.