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A new video at the website AnsweringMuslims.com expatiates on this contradiction:

1. “You don’t burn the Koran, because if you do, Muslims might go on a killing spree.”

2 “You do burn the Bible, because if you don’t, Muslims might go on a killing spree.”

Actually, the contradiction is only apparent. The reason it’s OK to burn Bibles while the Koran must be handled as if it were a “fragile piece of delicate art” is that Muslims and their sacred scriptures have priority over Jews and Christians and their scriptures.  That’s what it says in the Koran, and that’s how the U.S. government is proceeding.

Does this violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment, the prohibition against the state “establishing” or favoring one religion over another?  Try putting a Crèche on your village green come Christmas and just watch the ACLU come down on you. But mistreat the Koran and U.S. senators, Army generals, and the secretary of State condemn you and announce that  they’re looking for ways to limit your free speech and hold you accountable.

So you see: there is no contradiction, after all. According to the U.S. government, all religions are equal, but one is more equal than others.  This video explains it all:

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Are you angry yet?

UPDATE:  I hate to spoil the fun of the many commentators who have gleefully pointed out that the actual confiscation of the Bibles (and hence, presumably,  the burning) took place in 2008, on the watch of Geroge W. Bush, not Barack Obama.  The story broke in May 2009, and I failed to register the fact that it referred to an earlier event.  I apologize for that error;  butI also  note that it changes the point of the column not one whit.  Although I greatly admired George W. Bush personally, I always thought — and several times wrote — that his Islamophila (“Islam means peace,” remember that?) was disastrously misplaced.  Obama has merely upped the ante, preposterously making a fight against criticizing or “stereotyping” Islam a prominent part of his regime.  When it comes to his coddling treatment of Islam, Obama is like Bush, only worse, much worse, as I’ve often had occasion to remark in this space and elsewhere.  The point remains, in the words of that witty and frightening video I link to:

1. “You don’t burn the Koran, because if you do, Muslims might go on a killing spree.”

2 “You do burn the Bible, because if you don’t, Muslims might go on a killing spree.”

The take away? Andy McCarthy put it with his customary forthrightness: “Islamism is not a movement to be engaged, it is an enemy to be defeated.” Exactly.

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