Republicans Defy Military Leaders By Not Condemning Quran Burning

Fear mongering leads to endangering US and Troops
Fear mongering leads to endangering US and Troops

GOP Fox Rhetoric Endangering Troops Fighting for USA

The inflammatory and inaccurate Fox/Republican Party created drama ginned up over Park 51 has led to Florida pastor Terry Jones of The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, saying they will mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks by burning copies of the Quran. The Florida church has a sign reading “Islam is of the devil” on its front lawn, coining a phrase from the pastor’s book of the same title. The church is inviting “Christians” to burn the Muslim holy book from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it’s causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times,” Pastor Terry Jones told CNN’s Rick Sanchez last month.

CNN reported tonight:

Talk about regressive, anti-constitutional and anti-Christian behavior. And think, these are the same folks waving flags and claiming to have ownership of patriotism.

Both top US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, and one of his deputies, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell are warning Americans that burning the Quran will endanger the troops in Afghanistan (and around the world), who are there fighting a war started by Republican President George W. Bush.

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community,” Petraeus said in a statement provided to Fox News.

A pause while we ponder how Fox reconciles this statement from their hero who is calling their actions out as dangerous to our troops, their mission, and our own safety.

CNN reports that Lt General Caldwell warned:

“We very much feel that this can jeopardize the safety of our men and women that are serving over here in the country,” said Caldwell, the head of NATO efforts to train Afghan security forces.

Caldwell said American troops “are over here to defend the rights of American citizens, and we’re not debating the First Amendment rights that people have.” But he added, “What I will tell you is that their very actions will in fact jeopardize the safety of the young men and women who are serving in uniform over here and also undermine the very mission that we’re trying to accomplish.”

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Afghan protesters chanted “death to America” and speakers called on the U.S. to withdraw its military convoy. Some of the protesters threw rocks at a passing military convoy, although officials told the rock-throwers to stop.”

Petraeus made the point that the Taliban will use this as propaganda to drum up anger toward the US.

And it’s not just the troops in danger. CNN reports:

“Thousands of Indonesians gathered Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta to protest a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran. Protesters in Jakarta carried signs saying, “Jihad to protect Koran” and “You burn qu’ran you burn in hell.”

In other words, the result of the Republicans’ fear-mongering behavior regarding Park 51 is contradictory to the Republican claims to be “pro-troops” and “pro-constitution”.

As Edward R. Murrow once said, “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Nor can we have hawkish leaders who recklessly and irresponsibly take to the airwaves to hate and fear monger regarding freedom of religion in this country (as it pertains to Park 51). And lastly, we can’t have a Republican front-runner for 2012 who understands so little about the world that she would endanger our troops and this country’s national security every time she opens her mouth.

Sarah Palin owns this mess, along with the majority of Republicans who got on board her hate talk express and Fox News who gave oodles of airtime to selling this hate with little or no pushback from reality or the law.

Democrats like Harry Reid who gave shelter to the hate talk because he had his eye on his reelection campaign may not have created this or endorsed it, but by failing to denounce it and thereby giving way to his moral cowardice, deserve to be called out. Harry left the President out on a limb after Obama took the proper stand regarding our Constitution because Harry was pandering to his fearful base.

If leaders prove themselves to be this cynical and willing to use any means possible to get elected, they don’t deserve to be considered leaders. Leaders of both parties need to stand up for our freedoms and stand up for what makes this country great instead of giving the Taliban more propaganda from which to recruit and propagate hate.

Republicans, you own this debacle. Our nation’s safety is once again at risk so that you could win another election term. Is there anything Republicans hold sacred enough that they won’t violate it to gain power?

A fearful nation awaits a leader from the Republican Party to grow enough courage to take a stand for us, for our troops and their mission. All we’re hearing is the cynical silence of dead air, as they hope this passes by unnoticed by the American People. Do Republicans want another 9/11 so they can finally convince themselves that their erroneous and much repeated belief that we never had a terrorist attack under Bush is somehow vindicated?

38 Replies to “Republicans Defy Military Leaders By Not Condemning Quran Burning”

  1. I have been criticized for making exactly this point. The anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions have consequences that go far beyond the shores of this country. U.S. troops in Muslim countries like Afghanistan have to bear the brunt of the anti-Americanism generated by this kind of jingoistic and bigoted foolishness. In addition, Indonesia lost a large number of its own citizens on 9-11, and it is the height of idiocy to alienate a country that could be a significant ally in fighting terrorism. It’s unbelievable that people like those in the GOP who appeal to the worst fears and basest prejudices of their followers stand to make big gains in Congress, according to the pundits.

  2. I was raised Christian and taught to have respect for others. I believe in what Christ taught us vis-a-vis the “Golden Rule”. Now these so-called Christians want to burn as many of the Muslim Qurans as they can get their hands on, having no respect for a Holy Book from another religion. Such an act is heinous and beyond the pale. How shall these Christians claim the cloak of “justice and righteousness” they seek, when they themselves so easily abuse their own beliefs: can they then become rightly angry when the Bible is burned in response?

    I laugh at these people: they know not what they do.

  3. LOL, I just followed the link to Fox News. It took me a while but I finally found an article with comments. Needless to say, they will be looking for me.

    Reid disappointed me greatly by bowing to the Newt and Sarah. Both sides in that state are right when they say they wish they had better candidates.

    As far as I’m concerned, all christians should be doing what they demand the muslims to do, and that is speaking up against these people. They should be embarrassed for their leaders who are doing exactly what Reid did. Bowing down in silence.

    As for the republicans, they are despicable beyond belief

  4. Thanks for doing a piece on this, Sarah. As usual you hit the nail on the head.

    Incidently, the Dove World Outreach Center/Church/Whackjobs have a church membership of 50 people. 50. Hard to believe that many people have the power to generate that much global hatred. From now on, I am referring to them as insurgents.

  5. Quit moaning, Libtards!

    When Liberals protest against unnecessary wars, they put our troops in danger and are therefore, unpatriotic. When Cons want to burn the Quran, it’s b/c we’re patriots and love America.

    This is the same, simple rationale that when Muslims do stupid things in the name of their religion, they are terrorists and crazy fundamentalists. When it’s done by good, God-fearing Christians, it’s patriotic and Christian.

    Why Libtards refuse to accept logic will never make any sense to me.

  6. Republicans and many Democrats also sent more than 4000 soldiers to die in a pointless war, so I can’t say I’m too surprised.

  7. I love how hypocritical both sides are here. Burning flags is free speech, burning Qurans isn’t and vice versa.

    And why don’t I see most major Democrats opposing it either? Are we really now going after people for not speaking out against this? If so, be sure to go after your favores political golden children (Franken and Grayson) for not doing the same.

  8. And if these idiots somehow manage to trigger a violent response from Muslims they will point and say, “See, we were right about them!” Just as if they are condemned for what they are doing they can cry, “We’re being persecuted!” It’s an old tactic, to push until you prove the “enemy” is exactly what you’ve been saying they are all along.

  9. Actually burning flags is against the law and just stupid.

    I totally agree with you in that the dems are not standing up against this. Nor are the christians who should know better. However the fact is, that republicans in several forms (not all) are pushing the anti muslim fever in this country. So the argument is not really truly valid

  10. That the republicans have no platform at all, what does it say of our political landscape when they can beat the dems who have a platform?

  11. Wow, this is sick. So “Christians” are going to do hate crimes? What? I cannot believe that people cannot see how these people are so un-American.

    Why are we not uniting? Why are we fighting each other so much? Oh, because our President is Black and he wants to HELP America.

    The GOP is going to REALLY ruin this country. They need to HELP and Cooperate, not segregate this country!! Again. Wow.

  12. No buring the flag is protected under the Constitution as free speech and so is burning the Quran. the point is that burning the Quran as General David Petraeus says “Images of the burning of a Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan – and around the world – to inflame public opinion and incite violence,…It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community,” The GOP not coming out against puts our troops in harms way, not that is against anything it is the the ememy can use it as a way to recuit more people.

  13. I get it: Conservative Heart is actually Stephen Colbert in disguise. That explains why he’s so funny. Love your show, Stephen!

  14. Hey “TARD”…When “Libs” protest the war exactly how do they put the troops in danger?
    You are FOS and these people are not “Patrotic” they are spreaders of hate just like the whole Reptard party.
    When Muslims do suicide bombings they are Extremists as are “good christians” burning Quarans are also “EXTREMISTS”.

  15. And they are doing it to win VOTEs in NOV! Just like BushCo pulled off 911 to win in 2004 and start 2 frickin’ wars!

  16. Really Oldsun, I did not know that. When I was growing up it most definitely looked at as illegal and in fact treasonable.

    My bad

  17. Crystal, he is not a tard, he is writing a parody. Not serious. It took me months to figure it out. Read him carefully

  18. In fact, burning the American Flag when it is deemed old and unusable is the usual method to properly and admirably dispose of the American Flag.

    It is when the Flag is stolen and then burned that it is illegal.

    As for Burning the Quran, it is not free speech, it is racism and intolerance. Something America doesn’t stand for but the GOP does.

    This will FEED the terrorists and extremists. What is funny about all this, is this is what terrorists do in other countries….yet people who call themselves American and Christians think it is ok to follow in their footsteps. Brilliant.

  19. Jamie No matter what you believe it is free speech to burn the Quran in fact it is free speech to burn any book and I will up hold the morons right to burn the Quran it is Constitutional guaranted but the reasoning behind it and what it will lead to is the problem most people act and react without thinking while there will be no consequence here in the US there will ramifications felt around the world by putting more pressure on our troops. I am disappointed that the political party that claims to love our troops the most would in fact place them first in harms way and next support an act that makes their jobs more diffcult to do.

  20. From now on, I’ll zip past Conservative Heart’s remarks. My last remark simply lowered me to it’s level and frankly, it’s not worth my time and effort. If it wishes to learn, it can continue reading these columns.

  21. Jaime,

    As far as the lack of uniting: where in a religion stands divided, there can be no uniting. Christianity is divided into numerous sects, each of which considers the others to be not “true” Christianity. The GOP insists on associating itself with the Christian “Right”, yet another sect or multi-sect. The GOP is incapable of uniting by it’s very nature and therefore must destroy any lack of division it comes across. Their vitriol is directly identifiable in this regard, whether you hear it from a “conservative entertainer” radio pundit or a Republican Representative or Senator, or Sarah Palin and the TEA Party. Often, a person’s true colors show in their actions. The GOP and the “Christians” that wish to violate their own religious principles show that their colors run selfish and with no concern for others, let alone God and Country.

  22. Again, freedom of speech or not, it is wrong. Just because we can go around calling people morons and idiots, doesn’t mean it is RIGHT.

    We do defend the RIGHT to be Americans. Everything that entails, whether right or wrong, but just because something is protected by law, doesn’t mean others should make a mockery of that system.

    As you said, the REASONS behind are wrong. Plain and simple. Sounds like the right really want this nation to be torn apart. People actually LISTEN to them.

  23. Logic would dictate that since all Muslims are considered terrorists and unchristian because of a few bad apples, the same can be done for Christians. Regardless of sect, factions or individuals, they are all lumped together. It is only fair.

  24. Your partisan inflammatory BS is offensive and totally off base. We have enough problems in this country without your sophomoric comments, Sarah Jones. You may have lots of (pseudo) intellect, but absolutely NO WISDOM. You are bore like many of those who speak like you. You want to divide under the guise of unity. Your divisive nature makes you a hypocrite and ultimately a total useless human being! If you are a person with wisdom, be you on the left or right, you would not want to put anyone in danger with ridiculous actions or comment that can be construed in such a manner as to wanting to physically harm another person. The person who is advocating this does not speak for all, but your comment making it so is unwarranted. Grow up and stay on point or can I assume that all Democrats are stupid because of your choices and/or remarks!!

  25. That is a remarkable tirade of nothingness. For 150+ words you only condemn the blogger/columnist but provide no actual information. The only point you eventually bother to make is that she is lumping all Republicans together, this despite her attacking Harry Reid. There is not a single item anywhere on the web about GOP leaders speaking against the burning–although I have many GOP friends voicing as much in email and Facebook. Her point is clearly valid.
    “Venice Mentor” I hope that’s a screen name and not your actual profession because I would be horrified to think you are teaching anyone let alone those passing info on.

  26. @venicementor It looks like you have managed to unify this comment section with your combination of abject stupidity and mental retardation. The only lack of wisdom is the intellectual toxic waste which you have managed to spew all over this comment section. It is obvious that you are jealous of Sarah Jones because she has something you lack, intelligence. Only a yellow coward dressed in patriots clothing while wrapped in the flag could possibly defend risking the lives of our great American troops and my fellow true patriots, read liberals and progressives, with such foolish and narrow minded activity.

    It is interesting that you told Miss Jones to stay on point, but you yourself didn’t have one. You are a vile, evil, hate filled, domestic terrorist, and I wish someone would fly an airplane into your home, hopefully with you in it, because there is no place in this world for garbage such as yourself. Consider me the garbageman, and your butt has been deposited on the curb for pickup, slime ball.

  27. Bill,

    I really appreciate your defense of my writing, but you need to keep it civil or we’ll will have to suspend you. I am referring to your airplane wish.

  28. You should have seen the original version of my comment. What I posted was the toned down version. I have been reading this site for a while, and I really like it. You guys are great, but ‘I will try to be more civil in the future. Is F-You and die, an okay reply? These people make me so mad. Who do they think they are? Their opinions aren’t any better than yours or mine. They don’t even deserve to share our air. They are low life scum, but I will do my best to behave.

  29. Um, no, it’s not:-) For reference, see BrooklynMentor’s comment, who stood on facts to make their point.

    We’re glad you like it here, and I know the relentless and mindless attacks can wear on us all…but we would really like this to be a place where people can disagree and debate civilly. Thanks so much for your cooperation.

  30. BrooklynMentor:
    It seem like some Republicans(Haley Barbour & Orange Julius) have finally, today, come out against that idiot Terry Jones and his ugly stunt. It took long enough though.

  31. I was accused of peddling hate when I made the point on another forum that General Patraeus was giving his warning to the effect that the hate speech would endanger troops in Afghanistan. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the negative effects of such irresponsible hate speech would not only affect our troops but would also potentially affect our diplomats in Muslim-dominated nations.

    There are people who are impervious to logic, and to facts that don’t fit into their narrow worldview. For example, they think that because Palin is the mother of a “vet,” what she says is sacrosanct. There are others who have their heads buried in the sand, and refuse to acknowledge that there is even hate speech about Muslims in spite of the well-documented anti-Muslim speeches by people like Palin and Gingrich as well as the threat to burn copies of the Quran by this yokel in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday. I understand that there will be religious organizations in Gainesville, Florida, to protest this idiocy. As the daughter of a Gainesville native, I hope these reasonable heads will prevail and prove what I already know, that this fool does not represent that town.

  32. Thanks Phil,
    These were hard to find, but they are now on the web. And I would think that a total of 2 i not impressive, especially when they are so weak
    1. Barbour: “I do not think well of the idea”
    2. Boehner: “to Pastor Jones and those who want to build the [so-called Ground Zero] Mosque….It’s not wise to do this.”
    But I guess beggers can’t be choosers.

  33. The first thing these “Christian Fundamentalists and Patriots” need to do is read
    The Sermon on the Mount where Jesus tells us that anyone who uses abusive language against another is headed for Gehenna (Hell) All this “Hate Muslims” campaign is abusive in my book. Also is it constutional or legal in any way to agitate destruction or death to our troops and citizens? or incite others to terrorism? I don’t have the know how–Can anyone get this comment to someone who might use it for good? MB Freedom of Religion? Yes! Freedom to bring death and destruction upon others? No!

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