1. A scheduled 9/11 Koran desecrating at a small church in Florida that was announced via a clearly visible banner promoting the event, as far as I believe, is hate speech, which is permissible. I have a problem with hate speech, but I support civil liberty. Despite the fact that violence and rioting is illegal, if one’s hate speech is clearly aimed at inciting or inspiring violent acts or is intended to intimidate or encourage an atmosphere or acts of intimidation on others just because they are different, it crosses a line.
2. The construction of an Islamic cultural center 12 blocks from ground zero near Imam Rauf’s existing mosque is not an act of aggression or hate.
3. A number of Democrats favor moving the center because either they are ignorant of human rights or will say anything to get re-elected. The center is fine where it is, just for the fact actual mosques are already part of that neighborhood. In fact, the building is currently used as overflow space for religious services at Imam Rauf’s mosque, which is nearby. They want to add a gym, a pool, a library and make a whole cultural center out of it, and that’s great, because it’s serving a need. That’s why moving it makes no sense. And yes, I do enjoy the fact it is near ground zero – Muslims have a right to mourn and pray for the dead of a vicious attack as much as anyone else.
4. Today, the appearance of a deal being struck has me on edge. The Koran burning was canceled in light of word that somebody may have, and it would have to be an Obama Administration official or a liaison acting on behalf, or the military or the FBI acting independently with tacit approval or through THEIR liaison, tried to get Imam Rauf to cancel his plans to build his community center, in order to stop the planned book burning, end a potential crisis in Afghanistan right in the middle of the operation to take Qandehar, and also salvage the Democrats’ chances of winning in the November midterm elections by throwing some cold water of a superb wedge issue for the Republicans. If that turns out to be the case, it would constitute the unforgivable act of tying a ridiculous act of hate to somebody else’s lawful, responsible and reasonable exercise of religious freedom and service to the community.