"Burn a Quran Day" Is NOT Free Speech

I find the proposed "Burn a Quran Day" to be morally repugnant even though I am not religious. That said, I have to ask if it is an exercise of free speech or is it in fact something that infringes on society's (and hence my) right to a peaceful existence?

The act of publicly burning the Quran is, in my opinion, an open invitation for violent retaliation by some groups.

Does Pastor Terry Jones (the organizer of the burning) have the right to issue such an invitation on my behalf? If not, then I must conclude that such an act is not constitutionally protected "free speech". If it is known that certain actions will be the direct cause of harm to others, even if done by a third party, then those actions are not within the bounds of toleration.

Any reasonable person can recognize that the public burning of the Quran will ignite strong emotions in Muslims. It is possibly the most insulting act possible and will without a doubt result in acts of violence in retaliation.

This kind of deliberate provocation with the foreknowledge of and reckless disregard for the harm that will follow can not and must not be tolerated by any rational person or by a government that promotes the general welfare of its citizenry.

Note: A slightly different version of this blog entry appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Las Vegas Sun.

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My niece who is stationed in

My niece who is stationed in Bagram said the attacks on her base were up since the Koran burning made the news. People in this country assume no responsibility for their actions or words that increase the danger to our troops. One reason why we are hated in that region of the world.