Burning Qur'ans and building mosques... I don't get it.
I find it endlessly entertaining to watch both the left and right drape themselves in the 1st amendment and go apoplectic while completely missing the point.
The right is in a tizzy about heathens building Park51 (better known as the Ground Zero Mosque) next to America's gaping freedom hole, and the left has their pretty little panties in a bunch about some backwoods preacher burning paper. I hate to break it to all of you, but these are both 1st amendment issues and you're both wrong.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf admits that he chose the location for Park51 because the existing building was severely damaged in the 9/11 attacks by debris from United 175. He stated: "(It) sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11" and "We want to push back against the extremists." Yeah, and then we'll all join hands and enjoy a Pepsi while skipping though a field of posies. He seems like a smart guy, and can't be so blindly naive to think that there wouldn't be opposition to raising a Muslim religious center from a building destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. He did it (by his own admission) for the publicity and to make a statement (whatever that might be). Period. End. And you know what? He has every right to do so. This is America.
Terry Jones (not the guy from Monty Python, the Florida pastor) runs a small church of about 50 people named the 'Dove World Outreach Center' because (as everyone knows) doves are notorious for reaching out and whompin' up on the asses of the heathen masses. Before the media picked up on his Freedom Day BBQ plans, he was relegated to hanging out with his buddies and making up anti-Islam t-shirts and holding misspelled "God Hates _" signs. Now he has his 15 minutes. Thanks a lot. Still, if he wants to burn a pile of Qur'ans he has every right to do so. This is America.
I don't see how this becomes a matter of Left -vs- Right. It seems almost reactionary; as soon as the idiots on the right profess to support/oppose something all of the idiots on the left immediately take up the contrary position (and vice-versa). Then every-fucking body else blindly chooses a camp and derides the other faction for being a bunch of inbred mouth-breathers or effete sheep (respectively). Really?
Even more confounding is that both sides seem to be betraying their deepest held convictions in their opposition. The right is essentially advocating government intervention in the regulation of private property, whereas the left is opposing the right to peaceably protest and acting to protect a work that is used to promote misogynistic and homophobic teachings worldwide.
Fuck 'em all. I just don't get it. Don't look for me at any of your Freedom Day protests, anti-protests, anti-anti-protests, or anti-anti-anti protests - I'll be in my backyard drinking a beer and burning a copy of 'L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics'. Take that, Scientology!