I still find burning the Qur'an offensive, not because I give some privileged status to the Qur'an (the most violent and oppressive book ever composed), but because I'm no fan of book burning. For me, burning books conjures images like this:
Nevertheless, burning the Qur'an (to me, at least) isn't nearly as offensive as trampling on the United States Constitution. The Qur'an calls for the subjugation or death of American citizens; the Constitution demands our protection, even from our own government. The Qur'an severely limits the rights of women, Christians, Jews, etc.; the Constitution enshrines equal rights for all citizens. The Qur'an has been a constant retrograde force calling people back to the ideals and attitudes of seventh-century Arabia; the Constitution has brought progress both to the United States, and to nations who have imitated us. Strangely, many U.S. politicians (not to mention judges) now find it more prudent to honor the Qur'an than to honor the Constitution.
And here's what's happening. If Muslims weren't murdering so many people in Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and Somalia, and Nigeria, and Sudan, and Europe, and . . . well, you get the picture; and if Western governments weren't behaving in such a cowardly fashion, the world would never have heard of Pastor Terry Jones or Ann Barnhardt. People like Jones and Barnhardt are standing up to condemn Islam's violent teachings because they're sick of Western leaders bowing to Islam. So the next time you're wondering why there's so much "Islamophobia" (where "Islamophobia" simply means "Constitutionally protected criticism of Islam's most horrendous teachings"), look no further than people like Senator Lindsey Graham.
(BTW, regardless of objections you may have to the delivery, this video is a brilliant refutation of the idiotic and delusional nonsense being spouted by U.S. politicians who are unwittingly working to establish Sharia in America.)
Barnhardt is absolutely correct when she points out that, contrary to the claims of Senator Graham, it was perfectly acceptable to ridicule the Germans, Italians, and Japanese who were at war with the United States and its allies. Consider the following racist, Germanophobic video typical of the early 1940s:
For commentary on Barnhardt's video, see the following:
- Andrew G. Bostom: "Ann Barnhardt Fights Totalitarian Islam and Its Useful Idiots"
- Diana West: "Ann Barnhardt: Vox Populi? Let's Hope"
- Roger Kimball: "Ann Barnhardt, Culture Hero"