Oppose a mosque being built near Ground Zero? "You don't believe in American values ... and you're letting the terrorists win!" So says our esteemed Ruling Class and MSM.
Oppose the burning of a Koran by a pastor on 9/11? "You're for tolerance and understanding, and you won't inflame the terrorists!" So says our esteemed Ruling Class and MSM.
Gotta love the double standard.
Remember: Imam Rauf in New York City has the RIGHT to build that mosque/cultural center/whatever where he wants. It's his constitutional right to do so. However, so too does Pastor Terry Jones have the RIGHT to burn a Koran if he wants to. But ... why then isn't the White House and its cohorts defending Jones' right to free expression?
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the administration hoped that more Americans would stand up and condemn the church's plan. "We think that these are provocative acts," Crowley said. "We would like to see more Americans stand up and say that this is inconsistent with our American values; in fact, these actions themselves are un-American."
Protest is "un-American"? Exercising one's First Amendment rights is "un-American"? I mean, setting ablaze the American Flag is protected First Amendment expression; would Crowley call that "un-American?" Or: are his harsh words -- and those of everyone else who is likewise speaking out -- for Pastor Jones as forceful as they are because they know that Muslims worldwide will go berserk over Jones' actions ... while if it was "merely" him burning an American flag, or someone submerging a crucifix in urine, or someone doing something similar towards Christians or Jews, Crowley wouldn't even be involved. Because Christians and Jews don't have a tendency to go berserk if someone burns a Bible or a Torah, threatening the culprit with a death sentence.
As I've stated previously, I happen to believe that Imam Rauf has the RIGHT to build his community center/mosque near Ground Zero. I also believe that people can protest his decision peacefully, in an attempt to persuade him otherwise.
I happen to believe that Pastor Jones has the RIGHT to burn a Koran on 9/11 if he desires, in protest of [radical] Islam. I also happen to think he's going way overboard in his approach, that what he plans is offensive, and I believe that people should protest his decision and his actions.
But the Ruling Class and the MSM feel differently.
And this is why their influence is steadily declining day after day ... which partly explains why the GOP is slated to clobber the Democrats in November. It comes down to the essence of contemporary progressivism -- and its penchant for moral equivalence, [faux] diversity and [faux] tolerance. "Progressives" always side with the "underdog;" in this case, Muslims. Why? Their countries are poor, underdeveloped, and hardly democratic. But keep in mind -- don't try to blame Muslims themselves for this predicament. Western imperialism (the West being dominated by Christians and Jews, after all) is the main culprit.
Fortunately, us "benighted" average people see right through this steaming pile of bullsh**.
UPDATE: W.R. Chandler echoes my thoughts on this whole issue.