9/10/10 - THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED
Burning the Koran to mark the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is a dumb idea that will hopefully yield to public pressure and reason will prevail. It will likely be used as a propaganda tool to embolden our enemies and is an unnecessary and provocative gesture.
However, there is a lot of hypocrisy from liberals on this issue considering their faux outrage over opposition to the NYC mosque. For some reason, nobody had the right to be offended over the location of the mosque and those who were obviously did not believe in the First Amendment and were bigots. But when it comes to the preacher burning the Koran, if you aren't offended then you must be a bigot.
Greensboro Rabbi Fred Guttman called into the Brad and Britt Show this morning and analogized that the Koran burning preacher might be a fair target to be killed shot for the greater good. He also suggested that the preacher be sued to prevent the Koran burning- something that would violate the First Amendment. Host Brad Krantz who has been among the liberal crowd attacking opponents of the mosque at Ground Zero (often citing the First Amendment) let Guttman's comments pass without challenge.
I am quite confident that if this was a Bible burning and Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh said what Guttman did, Krantz and other liberals would not only aggressively challenge them directly while either was on the phone, but would also be screaming that they were advocating violence and trampling the First Amendment. Then would come the calls to condemn the comments and anyone on the Right who didn't come forward would be considered endorsing the comments.
In fact, Krantz made essentially this argument this morning- that Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, (a.k.a. the three headed Right wing monster that drives liberals to insanity) probably inspired the book burning and should come against it or they must be endorsing it.
Guttman also politicized the discussion on his own blog where he called on Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck to condemn the planned Koran burning- even though neither has anything to do with it. The implication was clear: Somehow, this is all Palin and Beck's fault. I must have missed the cries of outrage about mixing religion with politics.
On the same blog, Guttman again invoked the Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh which means "the greater good" "to save a life." (thanks to Sue for the correction). This was the same value Guttman raised on the Brad and Britt Show when he argued that sometimes it is necessary to take a life to preserve more lives- the "greater good". He used a war time analogy on the Brad & Britt Show about how shooting someone could be justified to save more lives for the "greater good". He then stated something to the effect of "I'm not saying this pastor should be shot...maybe he should be".
I give him the benefit of the doubt that he was not seriously advocating that the pastor be shot and that his "maybe he should be" comment was a form of hyperbole, but he did invoke Pikuach Nefesh, he did create an analogy involving shooting someone in a war setting (we are at war) to illustrate it, and he did it in reference to the Koran burning preacher after stating that the preacher was going to cause more Americans to die. Perhaps Brad & Britt can provide the audio.
The fact that Guttman was given a complete pass is symbolic of the hypocrisy of the Left on this issue.