But Obama does not invoke allegiance to Islam as justification for his opposition to the burning of the Koran. Instead, he invokes fear of Islam. He suggests that Muslims may kill our troops in response to the Koran burning.
There are real reasons to question whether the burning of the Koran in Florida would actually endanger our troops by pushing potential extremists over the edge. But the real flaw in Obama’s rhetoric is not factual. It is legal.
The mere suggestion that a potentially violent action in response to free speech can actually negate free speech is old. It is a notion known as the heckler’s veto. As a constitutional law scholar, Obama knows that the constitution does not allow a heckler’s veto over free speech. The idea that there might be a violent response to free speech cannot be allowed to negate free speech. To rule otherwise would be to reward violence.
That is why Obama was wrong to say that Koran burning is contrary to our American values of freedom. Islamic violence in response to offensive speech is contrary to our American values of freedom.
I've read the Koran. It is an incoherent piece of garbage written by a lunatic who courts six years old girls. But I don't burn books because I don't want to look like a lunatic who burns books. It has nothing to do with respect for Islam. It has more to do with self-respect.
But the attention-craving pastor in Florida – whose name I refuse to mention – has no self-respect. He has to burn books in order to get attention from the national press. So I would suggest that the pastor satisfy the president by refraining from burning the Koran. In order to satisfy his book-burning desires, I would suggest that he simply burn another book, The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama.
If that doesn’t satisfy the unhinged pastor’s desire for fame then, by all means, let him burn the Koran. But just make sure he does it at the groundbreaking ceremony of the mosque at Ground Zero. Maybe then, lunatics on both sides could save us some trouble by killing one another before the mosque is actually built.