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Bloomberg Defends Rights of Koran Burners

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

As Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein greeted students arriving at PS 172 in Sunset Park this morning, the mayor was asked about comments he made to the Daily News on Tuesday regarding the rights of members of a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran on September 11.

The mayor said their decision to burn the Koran is a disturbing one. But he defended his earlier comments, saying church members still have the right to do it. "The government can't stop you from burning a book. I said I thought it was distasteful, disrespectful and outrageous. I thought it jeopardizes this country and troops, but the Constitution protects it, and you either believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights or you don't. It's very simple."

When asked today about Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf's op-ed piece in the New York Times yesterday calling for support of the community center, Bloomberg said the decision to build or not to build is "not the government's business."

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Here we are almost 10 years after we are attacked by terrorist and what are we doing? Burning books, Buildng mosques, spitting hateful slang words. Raping young girls and stabbing taxi drivers in the neck just because of where they come from. Yes I have a part of me that thinks muslims should go back home. What they did was wrong and unjustified but I am a god fearing man. I fear God not muslims. I fear the devil not terrorists & even if I did fear them burning a book or stabbing and innocent person because of what the look like to remember the day we were attacked 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!!! I am reminded everyday I pick up a history book or turn on the tv of this nations past and at the same time I fear for our nations future. It's things like this that makes me ashamed to be an american citizen. 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 came 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. Revenge is not the answer. The bible says to obsolve and accept. How does burming a book help acheive that. And you call yourselves children of god. You people call yourselves a nation. What nation?! A nation of hatred? A nation of anger and war?! They say each year that it's a shame what has happened to our GREAT NATION. They way I see it is that every day our Great Nation is to be ashamed of. Fighting and condeming a person for where their ancestors come from is a sin so I ask that every day, Not just 9/11 or what ever other day is celebrated to remember a war, everyday you pray. Pray for our men and women fighting for what we call freedom. Pray for the children who lay in bed everynight praying themselves that their loved ones make it home soon. Pray for the women and little girls who were raped over the years because of the way they look. Pray for the families who came to this country to escape communism in hopes of acheiving freedom. Pray for those who didn't make it. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Pray for your enemies for it is Gods duty and his duty alone to smite those who oppose him by harming his children. And most of all...Pray for yourself. The one who stands here today with a lighter in one hand and a koran in the other. May god have mercy because you have now with your actions become an enemy to somebody and pray that they have the same mercy on you.
Just pray.

Sep. 09 2010 04:27 PM

Congrats, Pastor! You've just moved FL to the top of terrorist attack sites.

Sep. 09 2010 11:04 AM
Jeff from Miami

It's not the church that will put troops at risk, but fanatic muslims. When you cooperate with kidnappers, it only makes kidnapping more profitable. When you succomb to the threats of radical Islam, you only give their threats more weight. Burning the book of any religion will reveal which of it's believers are extremists.

Sep. 09 2010 01:23 AM
mike rodriguez from NY..ny

"Constitution protects it, and you either believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights or you don't. It's very simple.""...well said

Sep. 08 2010 01:00 PM

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