What is the relationship between freedom of speech and religious sensitivities? Can the former with impunity trample on the latter?
Consider the case of Pastor Terry Jones who burned the Koran in public. He set off three days of rage in Afghanistan with 24 people already killed in the demonstrations. His action has put civilians and even soldiers of the coalition at risk. Rev. Jones will suffer no consequences. He was just exercising his freedom of expression. In fact Jones could burn another Koran tomorrow and he would suffer no penalties.
Does that make sense? Should one be able to burn a bible in a cathedral or desecrate the Koran in a mosque?
Free speech is not an absolute.
In the eyes of most Afghans and Muslims for that matter, the U.S. government should treat an insult to Islam in the same way Muslim governments treat it — as a crime.
The Afghan minister of education said: “Our expectation of the government of the United States is that it should have prevented him, seized him, held him or put him in prison so that he didn’t do this action.”
This burning of the Koran has inflamed many Muslims against us threatening our national security.
Should it be allowed to continue”
Should burning the Koran be a crime?
What do you think?