Morning Poll: Should Florida Preacher Go Through With Quran-Burning?

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The "Reverend" Terry Jones
Media pundits across the country chastise the Reverend Terry Jones for his planned "International Burn-a-Quran Day." Yesterday, the Obama administration had General David Petraeus weigh in on Jones' upcoming "event," with the commander of forces in Afghanistan warning that a public Quran-burning would put the lives of American service personnel in danger. Then White House spokesman Robert Gibbs went to the press to repeat what Petraeus had said.

Jones, a 58-year-old minister of a small church, won't back down. He's taken to wearing a .40-caliber on his hip.

For sure, Jones should never have dreamed up this viral marketing scheme. Everyone knows that Muslims are extra sensitive about such things. Extremist Muslims fly into a rage over editorial cartoons, declaring violent fatwas against artists and holding signs like "Behead Those Who Insult Islam." Burning a Quran? Yeah, that's inviting violence for no good reason.

On the other hand, the media has undoubtedly fanned the flames here. Without news coverage, this event would be nothing but a few fanatics and a campfire. Now, Jones has his back up. Thanks especially to Fox News, Jones' bigotry has turned into a Clash of Civilizations -- not just between Muslims and Christians, but within America's left and right wings.

If Jones doesn't go through with it, liberal-minded political correctness will win -- and critics will argue that First Amendment principals have kowtowed to Sharia law. The critics will have a point, too. During the 2005 and 2006 cartoon crisis, most American newspapers failed to publish the very cartoons they were writing about, thus sacrificing their own values in an attempt to avoid appearing racist.

Burning a book is stupid, and we'd never encourage it. But burn a Bible, burn a Quran, or burn the latest Stephen King novel -- you're still just burning paper. The act of burning a book is nothing compared to cutting off someone's head because of a burned book. If some Muslims believe that, when the book in question is the "sacred" Quran, the two acts are in any way equivalent -- they're wrong.

What do you think? Should Jones keep his promise, just on principle? Or should this troublemaker slink back to his double-wide and keep his religious bigotry to himself?

Before we give you the poll, let us first acknowledge the embarrassment that occurred yesterday: Your morning poll questions were sliced like a kid's art project, and the questions were cut off.

Yet, miraculously, the questions received 81 clicks and skewed the way we figured it would -- with most of you answering that Steve May and Jim Weiers ought to be strung up by their nards for recruiting sham Green Party candidates. But not everyone felt that way: Fifteen percent of the responses supported the First Amendment rights of May and Weiers to game the system, while 8 percent think Democrats ought to shut the fuck up.

Here is your morning poll:





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CPL Garcia
CPL Garcia

This guy made crap up he was scared. Religious nut job made himself completely insignificant.

M0rningangel1
M0rningangel1

I just got off the Internet with my son and he had rocks thrown at him for this action. He is in Afghanistan and the retaliation to this is done! I hope this preacher realizes what he has done he has put thousands of soldiers that are deployed in harms way. I really dislike this person and how can he possibly think what he has done was okay.

WebsterJ
WebsterJ

Wow. 42% for burn baby burn. This is sad. Petraeus seems to think this will lead to American troop deaths. In a time of war I'm inclined to believe him. What the heck is the matter with you people? This accomplishes nothing and may mean additional troops come home missing limbs or worse, dead.

Whitechok
Whitechok

this man has the devil inside of him !!

meme
meme

as a muslim i think it's extreamly offensive i'm what would that church think if we did a bible burning <<< which we won't coz it's rude insenstive and freakin offensive =( truly disappointed

Billybob
Billybob

All Americans ought to burn a Koran every time some nut blows up some poor kids in a crowded market, or stones a women for fornication, or beheads a journalist.

BURN BABY BURN!!! Send that book the flames where all nonbelievers are going

TRUIMPHATOR
TRUIMPHATOR

As the Black President would say--"They cling to their guns and religion." Maybe counterprotesters should hold a bible burning event in response to that wacko rev. Then lets see what the reaction would be like.

Glyphhunter
Glyphhunter

I'm really on the fence here...

To refrain from this act just because it might hurt the feelings of some ultra violent individuals simply means that their bullying has worked. Heck, I can be ultra violent too.

On the other hand, burning even a thousand Korans will accomplish nothing except making us look as ingorant and intolerant as the extremists.

Try burning a thousand pictures of Osama Bin Ladin instead. Few people in the world would object to that. Just my two cents...

MJS
MJS

I wonder if the 12.5% would feel the same way if it were the Bible that was being burned. And what's with wanting to incite extremists? This country was founded by people seeking religious freedom. Isn't this what makes America "great"?

KRASHKOWALSKI
KRASHKOWALSKI

THE KORAN= MEIN KAMPF & THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO!!!BURN, BABY, BURN!!!!!

dsf
dsf

When was the last time you burned Mein Kampf?

Munir Munshey
Munir Munshey

There might be places where the bible might be considered equal to MEIN KEMPH and the Nazi manifesto. Given the fact that the Christians had colonized almost all non-Christian countries until just a few decades ago, the bitterness there against the Christians might explode after the 'burn baby burn" dance in Florida. There are non-Muslim countries also that harbor anti-Christian feelings. Burning a revered and sacred book is not at all like attending a live concert. It certainly would have serious consequences. American Ambassadors would have a tough time apologizing!

Johnny White-man
Johnny White-man

He's gonna cost a lot of True American lives, with that stupid act of his, trust me. True American families should be outraged. Not just the military comanders but the American military families and the public. My only question is--Where the fuck is McCain in all this??? Oh that's right, the wing-nuts don't stand up to one of their own un-American traitors. Now that's what the traitorous Rev. should call "cowardly".

Billybob
Billybob

Johnny white man,

True Americans? Wake up, ragheads hate americans they will kill your whole family just because you drink lite beer and your wife wears blue jeans.

Azmalkhan2011
Azmalkhan2011

Terry Jones is a dumbass his going to make all the muslims mad and then they will blow his ass up

hms-one
hms-one

The Quran and Islam are not 'of the devil' and you are all sick. Does no one see the irony in burning a book in protest of fascist ideology? I could give a rats ass about offending radicals, nor do I fear 'retribution' from radicals. That fear stems from the same bigotry that inspires this pastor to burn the Quran. Oh NO, we shouldn't offend the Muslims because they're all crazy and are gonna kill us! How about not offending Muslims because it is RUDE?

This statement from the white house is a straw man that allows them to condemn this action based on imaginary consequences, but not for the intolerant, un-American, jack-assery that it is. Book burning should offend us all, it certainly offends all Muslims, and it should be met with vehement social opprobrium.

If I announced a bible burning ceremony on the anniversary of the Oklahoma city bombing, which coincidentally fell on Easter Sunday, I wonder how many of you would rush to defend my first amendment rights.

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