Apr 5, 2011

I Will Stand With Rev. Terry Jones

"I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we are in a war... [sic]" ~ Senator Lindsey Graham

It is disgraceful that one of our nation's leaders would display such ignorance to what makes our nation, the nation that it is and that is an exceptional nation. It is also rare that I would ever find myself agreeing with Andrew Sullivan. What I found more unnerving than Sullivan though was the relentless vilification of Rev. Terry Jones.

Think about it, a mob of unwashed reprobates from the religion of peace goes on another of their blood lusting rampages and suddenly we start demonizing Rev. Terry Jones?

What about Molly Norris, Theo Van Gogh, Salman Rushdie and the hundreds of others who have had the bravery to speak out and defend that very creed by which we all live by? Why is Jones singled out?

So you don't like Jones and you don't agree with what he has to say, he looks scruffy and unkempt, a small-town hick pastor from Florida. I'm would not try to convince anyone that we should like what the Rev. Jones has done. But I am wondering, where is the deference to the quote attributed to Voltaire that states "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".

The Rev. Terry Jones says that Islam is not a religion of peace, well the rampage and murders in Afghanistan would seem lend credence to what Jones has to say and if these killings and murders are the byproduct of living life according to the Koran, then Jones is right and our nation should come off of this moral relativism trip and take a realistic look at Islam.

Graham was right about one thing. We are at war. We are engaged in a war where the lines between politics, religion. soldier and civilian are blurred. What is at stake is freedom.

So once again, we have a choice to make, we can prostate ourselves before the tenets of multiculturalism, diversity and religious tolerance and thrust another of our own tribe into the volcano of Islamic rage hoping that we can appease and quell the insatiable hunger of our perpetually offended adversaries or we can stand firm and resolute in our commitment to moral absolutism, human dignity, individual freedom, social justice and the sanctity of life. The choice is ours.

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