Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Controversy Over "International Burn a Koran Day"

This story has been all over the news, but in case you missed it, here's a link (via the Toronto Star) about the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, a small congregation that has received global attention for their planned "Burn a Koran Day." The idea has received condemnation from religious leaders and even military officers because it will obviously be seen as a blasphemous and hateful act by Muslims all over the world.

The story is an interesting example of the robust constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and religion operative in the United States, as I haven't heard a single suggestion in the American media that law enforcement has the right or obligation to prevent the plan from going through. In other countries, including where I live in Canada, I imagine that blasphemy or religious vilification/hate propaganda laws would be quickly invoked.

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