We’re cataloguing a slew of generally anti-mosque folks who are today coming out against that nutso church’s plan to hold a Koran-burning festival on 9/11. So far today, Haley Barbour says it’s not a “good idea.” John Boehner says it’s “unwise.” And now honorary Republican Joe Lieberman says the church should “reconsider and drop their plans.”On the one hand, Gen. Petraeus’s public comments have clearly provided some cover for folks to go out on a limb and say mass burning of Korans may not be such a hot idea. Maybe he’s even nudged some people into the world of the obvious.
The real kicker here though is that this is the equilibrium point. In most public debates like this the slosh and kick of the debate will generally find some point on which there’s something like universal agreement. So for instance, even from the most reactionary opponents of gay rights and marriage equality you’ll often hear, “No gay marriage, no civil unions. But fine, if some hellbound sodomite wants to be able to visit his sick partner in the hospital, whatev … who can object to that.”
We now seemed to have found that point that all agree on on the question of civic equality for Muslim Americans. Burning their Holy Book as ritual commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks takes things too far.
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