Sarah Palin has used her Facebook page to equate burning the Koran with the building of the Park 51 mosque.
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 don't see the equivalence Palin seeks to make between the building of a place of worship and the hate crime of burning something which other people regard as sacred. The first is something which all religions do, they build places where the followers of their religion might go in order to worship.
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?
The correct comparison would be if Muslims were somewhere burning bibles, not if Muslims are doing what religious groups everywhere are doing.
The first act - the building of a place of worship - is practiced by all religions. The second act - the burning of the Koran - is an act of hate.
Only in Palin's warped mind could those two things be equated.
Click here for Palin's Facebook article.