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Bloomberg Defends Right of Florida Church to Burn Koran

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending the right of a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran on September 11. He called the decision by Pastor Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center "distasteful," but said they had a right to do it.

"In a strange way, I'm here to defend his right to do that," Bloomberg said. "I happen to think that it is distasteful. I don't think he would like it if somebody burnt a book in his religion he thinks is holy."

The mayor made his commends after an event updating about 200 reporters from around the world on the progress at the World Trade Center site.

"The First Amendment protects everybody," he said. "And you can't say we're going to apply the First Amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement."

He also says both sides in the debate over an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks away have a right to demonstrate this Saturday. Bloomberg said the NYPD and the Port Authority will be prepared to handle a demonstration.

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ruth from NYC

As reported by Aaron Klein on his radio show a few days ago, Bloomberg Inc is looking to expand to Dubai to set up an Islamic banking operation. Jeff Immelt began the trend (quietly) in the 90's when he closed GE plants in Evanston Illinois to form Mubdala, a shariah-compliant mega-company co-owned by the royal family. Then there is Nicholas Kaiser, grandson of billionaire Henry Kaiser who runs the Amana Fund through his private company, Saturna
. Bloomberg, Immelt and Kaiser all do business with Hamas linked players. Progressives in suits and ties for sale to the highest bidder. Pathetic.

Sep. 10 2010 01:15 PM

You all make me sick. Burning books, Buildng mosques, spitting hateful slang words. Yes I have a part of me that thinks muslims should go back home but I am a god fearing man. I fear God not muslims, & even if I did fear them burning a book to remember the day won't prove anything. I am reminded everyday of the pain and horror. Everyday I look at my wall and see my brothers flag with his tags and picture. How does burning a book justify anything!!! It's things like this that makes me ashamed to be an american citizen. Why should I be a part of a country who is just as bad as the enemy. Look at Vietnam. When was it technically a war. We went there as a police action and we picked a fight. We werent supposed to be there in the first place. Now years later what has changed? Now we claim the war in Iraq is over yet we have a pastor burning what another country sees as a holy book. We didn't like it when they cam over here and blew us up and burned our flags. Do you really think it's logical to do the same back. Do unto others moron. Revenge is not the answer. The bible says to obsolve and accept. How does burming a book help acheive that. And you cal yourself a man of god. May the good lord have mercy on you and all that follow. You all will be in my prayers.

Sep. 09 2010 11:57 AM
Sandy from Toronto, Canada

Where are the "moderate" Christian voices? We often hear calls for "moderate" Muslims to speak up - wondering where their Christian counterparts are now? Maybe this would be a good time for George W. to re-enter the public discourse.

Sad shame.

Sep. 09 2010 10:05 AM
Margaret King from Washington. DC

When the Nazis burnt the Torah they called it Chystalnacht. Let's burn the Koran and the Torah, Major Bloomberg.
It is my contitutionsal right to desicrate holy texts

Sep. 08 2010 10:21 AM
Bello from Nigeria

If the pastor really believes that Bible is a Holy and sacred book which must not abused by any non christian then he should not desecrate another persons holy books.The action of September 11 eventhough the suspects are muslims but it does not mean they acted on behalf of the muslimworld. Just like the Crusaders, Hitler, Timothy Mcveigh, who are all christians but did not act on behalf of all christians around the world.

Sep. 08 2010 03:57 AM
Freefry from Kampala

The devil owns the Koran, and looks out for an excuse to take many lives, this is just another perfect one. The god of the Koran is not the same as the God of the Bible, period. Rave and rant and grant, they are different

Sep. 08 2010 02:34 AM
Liz from Texas

Someone remind these people that the Nazies burned books too. What a shame!!!

Sep. 07 2010 11:14 PM

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