Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says congressional lawmakers are discussing taking some action in response to the Koran burnings of a Tennessee pastor that led to killings at the U.N. facility in Afghanistan and sparked protests across the Middle East, Politico reports.
“Ten to 20 people have been killed,” Reid said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We’ll take a look at this of course. As to whether we need hearings or not, I don’t know.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech, in light of Tennessee pastor Terry Jones’ Quran burning, and how such actions result in enabling U.S. enemies.
“I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war,” Graham told CBS’ Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
“During World War II, we had limits on what you could do if it inspired the enemy,” Graham said, adding certain speech can “put our troops at risk.”
I might get in a little trouble here for excerpting an entire posting over at Newsmax. If so, I’m sorry. But technically, I can take enough to get my point across, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.
Most people who stop by here know how I feel about Islam. I know that there are millions and millions of Muslims who have no interest whatsoever in the fundamentalist cause. However, advocating for those people just gets tiresome and difficult when innocents are murdered because of the burning of a holy text. Knowing that there are plenty of Muslims who have no interest in fundamentalism is different than being blind to the fundamentalists themselves.
That being said, when it comes to the consequences of Terry Jones’ Quran burning, I see this as more of an American story than a Muslim story. The American left, it seems, is content on punishing everyday Americans like you and like me by taking away their freedoms because a bunch of Islamic fundamentalists were unable to react to Jones’ actions in a civilized manner. And yes, I consider my senator–Lindsey Graham–to be a part of the American left. Especially on this issue.
Personally, for the sake of context, I keep coming back to “Piss Christ,” the 1987 photograph by Andres Serrano depicting a crucifix drowning in urine. Embraced as so-called “modern art” and given awards in that community, the depiction was without a doubt the desecration of a holy symbol — and yet, I am still waiting to see news reports about the mobs of angry right-wing Christians who became all uppity and started beheading people.
As for Harry Reid, I find it interesting that the same person who condemned the investigations into radical Islam launched by New York Congressman Peter King is, in turn, looking to possibly begin investigations — into people expressing their First Amendment rights. Is he really standing up for Americans, or is he ensuring that Americans live under the tenets of Islam and according to the sensitivities of radical Muslims?