On her Facebook page, Sarah Palin says the plan by a Florida preacher to burn copies of the Koran on 9/11 is wrong.
As wrong as it is to build an Islamic Cultural Center near the World Trade Center site.
She says both are unnecessary provocations.
President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and GeneralPetraeus all say one of them is.
One is being hyped too much by the media (or maybe both, actually.)
We're piloting the MBS tomorrow and this will be part of our discussion - why the media is covering the Koran burning preacher at all.
Here's the full text of Palin's post:
Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don’t feed that fire. If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive.
Our nation was founded in part by those fleeing religious persecution. Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?
- Sarah Palin
UPDATE: The pastor now says he won't burn Korans. Instead, he'll fly to New York to meet with the Islamic Center leader. I'm sure that won't be a media circus at all.