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Quran Burning: Palin Takes a Stand, Jolie Comments, Pastor Won’t Back Down, and FBI Investigates

Quran Burning: Palin Takes a Stand, Jolie Comments, Pastor Won’t Back Down, and FBI Investigates

We are two days away from the anniversary of September 11th, and the tragedy of that day is being completely overshadowed by the media stunt being created by Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center.

But, it comes as no surprise that where there is a media stunt, you’ll find Sarah Palin eventually. 

As Jessica mentioned yesterday, Republicans for the most part have stayed mostly silent on the event, although Traditional Values Coalition, a group that took an active part in the Park51 protesting, as well as stirring up anti-Muslim sentiment, has issued a statement condemning the event.  But Palin can never resist a camera, and has taken the time to put in her two cents.

Via CNN:

Yesterday, I called on Christian politicians who had opposed, on the grounds of “sensitivity,” the Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan to denounce the insensitivity of the pastor provocateur Terry Jones, who is planning to burn Qurans at his Gainesville, Florida, church on September 11.  I also called out Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich by name.

Today, Sarah Palin, at least, weighed in.

On Twitter, she wrote, “Koran Burning Is Insensitive, Unnecessary; Pastor Jones, Please Stand Down.”

On Facebook, she spelled out her position in more detail:

Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. 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.

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. Don’t feed that fire.

I am still waiting to hear from Newt Gingrich.

President Obama has now officially declared the act “destructive” in a new interview, according to ABC News:

A Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 could result in “serious violence” against American troops in Pakistan and Afghanistan and would be “a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda,” President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired today on “Good Morning America.”

“If he’s listening, I just hope he understand that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values … this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance,” Obama said. “As a very practical matter, as commander (in) chief of the armed forces of the United States, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, the pastor of “church” is standing firm on his commitment to the spectacle.

The leader of a tiny US church says he is determined to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, despite pleas from the White House, the military, the Vatican and Angelina Jolie.

“We are still determined to do it, yes,” the Rev Terry Jones said.

With this much of a media frenzy, and the potential for eventual violence, it is no surprise that the FBI has opened a case file on the church, although there is no actual investigation at this time, according to Newsweek.

The FBI has evidently been paying attention to the uproar surrounding the Quran-burning plan for several weeks; an “Intelligence Bulletin” issued by the Jacksonville office on Aug. 19 refers to scraps of information suggesting that Muslim extremists would like to “retaliate against Florida Group’s Planned ‘International Burn a Koran Day’ Scheduled for 11 September 2010.” A government official following the developments, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, says that the FBI’s current monitoring of events does not constitute an “investigation” of Jones or his church because authorities at this point do not believe there is any federal law under which an FBI investigation could be launched.

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8:35PM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

Noted.

12:15AM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Its clear that terrorist live everywhere not in iraq, afghanistar or pakistan... activities are different and aim is same.

11:24AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Sarah "That Woman Is An Idiot" Palin is a tickig time bomb. Comparing the building of a community center (with plans to include prayer spaces for Christians, Jews, and many other faiths) to the burning of another faith's holy book is ludicrous. I long for a world in which no one listens to her or gives her a minute of air time.

How dare she and Glenn Beck use 9/11 as a fund raiser.

2:45AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Thank goodness they backed down!

5:52PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Hmmm!, Sarah Palin, is she that thingy, dohicky that makes me feel good in the pants?

4:28PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center is insane and only out for media attention to fill his pews and coffers.

4:08PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

and they did, finally!

9:44AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Jones and all these type of morons give Christianity a bad name. Did it say anywhere in the Bible that Jesus frowned upon other religions?

These so-called preachers disobey the Holy Book, they are but mere Devil Spawn inciting hate. These are the true Satanic Churches hiding behind the Cross!

6:03AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Lisa Bxx:

"Does this hate-monger think that the only people who count are white Christians?"

Hammer, meet nail. You've answered your own question. What do you think drives the GOBP and Teabaggers to claim to "take their country back"? From the half-white in the Oval Office, from those "brown people", that's who.

These so-called Christians proclaim to "love thy neighbor." However, being "intelligent" beings, they interpret it to mean that it applies only to those who live next door to them. Not non-whites here or abroad, but the white people who live in their neighborhood. A complete distortion? You betcha.

As an agnostic, I don't care what people choose to believe. It has no affect on my life whatsoever (except when they seek to make laws for all based on their definition of law, make our Republic a Theocracy). But I was raised to respect the beliefs others have in order to get them through life. I was born and raised a good Catholic girl, but stepped away from organized religion over 25 - 30 years ago. But, I still remember the basic tenents of Christianity, and I can safely say that these so-called Christians do not subscribe to the basic principles of the bible.

We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Unfortunately, some don't have the fortitude, whether wilfully or not, to find their own inner strength; to use the faith they claim gives them strength. The GOBP knows this and exploits it. It's called cowardice - a shameful and pitiful trait to possess.

4:08AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Thanks.... Would the good people on here PLEASE stop using Sarah Palin's name........ We are all merely giving her the press she is seeking....... SILENCE ... then she may hopefully disappear.. Fingers and everything else crossed I never see her name in a headline again.

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