Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"Burning" for a story

It's a sordid tale -- how one man, leading a group of 50, captured media headlines by planning to do something vile, idiotic and stupid. (You want my opinion, right?)

As one "church" in Florida moves forward with plans to burn copies of the Koran this Saturday -- the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- the military and political gears in Washington and around the world continue to move into overdrive.

The condemnation -- absolutely justified -- offers us important questions to consider. They include:
1. How would the media reaction be different if this "church" were instead a "radical Muslim mosque" or "radical Jewish synagogue" planning to burn the Torah or the Bible? How would the public reaction be different?

2. However vile this Koran burning is, is it not free speech? Before you jump to that conclusion, answer this question -- can someone legally burn the U.S. flag?

3. Is this "pastor" gaining unjustified media attention because his planned act is so far beyond mainstream? In other words, would we all be better off if he were ignored?

4. What exactly is the "news" associated with this story?

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