Freedom of Prudence

by Mark on September 9, 2010

This week is an electrifying eve to the ninth anniversary of 9-11. Mark Twain best recaps the debate and resolution of the potential burning of Qurans with the following quote. “It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.”

A Florida preacher intended to utilize his freedom of speech to publically burn Qurans, Islam’s holiest book, on September 11th. The President, key leaders, and General David Petraeus implored him not to do it. “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen Petraeus said in a statement to US media. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems.” Armed by the freedom of the press, ‘journalists’ flocked to Florida to cover an event that threatened American lives and Middle Eastern peace. Pundits and politicians debated the preacher’s right to do it versus the wisdom of doing. Finally, the preacher spoke with the Imam trying to build a Muslim community center within two blocks of the World Trade Center. They reached a ‘deal’ and there will be no Quran burning on Saturday.

Prudence proved stronger than the Bill of Rights and the preacher’s conscience. Yet it is us, not he, which should be looking in the mirror. We raised the status of a damn fool and assured him we will broadcast his bonfire for all the moderates and radicals of the world to see. It is those that shined that fifteen minutes of fame spotlight on this nut that should feel foolish. Leave it to Mr. Twain to summarize, “Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed.”

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Linda DiStefano September 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I’d love to share your comments with Anderson Cooper and every other news commentator who have given this idiot a stage.

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