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|Texas Defender wrote:
While Terry Jones didn't burn a Koran as he was threatening to do, there are plenty of news stories of people destroying Korans in NYC and other places. Did you really think that stopping Terry Jones would stop everyone else?
Man ignites Koran near Ground Zero, apparently prompted by Terry Jones; crowd appalled by zealot
No doubt the Islamists who want to destroy western civilization will use these incidents to incite the masses overseas. But they would try to kill Americans whether Americans destroyed Korans or not. In the end, nothing is changed by it. The values of one group can't be reconciled to the other. Being an infidel is not a capital offense here.
Freedom of expression is something we value in this society. That is why we even allow our own flag to be burned. That freedom does not exist in a lot of other places. We should not be eager to stifle that freedom because others say or do things we don't like.
Just as you can't legislate morality, you can't legislate an end to stupidity. There are millions of people getting away with actually violating our laws every day. Trying to find ways to arrest and lock up everyone who does stupid things that aren't illegal would be an impossible task, as well as being an endeavor unworthy of Americans.
A good friend and fishing guide ( a profession I admire) once remarked that there is absolutely no shortage of stupid people... he was right! It however, is not criminal to be stupid.