What’s the logical thing to do when one lone pastor decides to burn the Koran? Enact a law, of course. In response to Terry Jones’s burning of the Koran – which has prompted a violent response from Muslim extremists – Harry Reid has promised to investigate a new law. Glenn gave his reaction on radio this morning.
“It's stupid to burn a Koran or a flag, but you should be able to do it if you're that much of an idiot,” Stu said on Reid’s possible legislations.
Stu said that Glenn has been against these types of laws in the past, and opposes an amendment that would make it illegal to burn the flag.
“I think free speech goes beyond a cute little idea,” Glenn said.
“You want to burn my religious scriptures and all of those, you go ahead and burn them. I'm going to pray for you. I'm going to think that you are an idiot. I am going to think that that's what Hitler did. Isn't that weird? I'm going to think all of those things, but I'm going to ask you to stop, but I'm not going to try to pass an amendment that you can't be an idiot in America,” Glenn said.
“So, really, burning books, not a good idea. Can you do it? Yes. Should you? Hum, no, not really. But here's Terry Jones on not feeling responsible for the beheadings,” he said.
“We do not feel responsible, no,” Jones (who sounds suspiciously like Foghorn Leghorn) said. “ We feel more that the Muslims and the radical Islam use that as an excuse. If they did not have us an an excuse, they would use a different excuse.”
“It's stupid to antagonize, obviously,” Stu said. “Although I will say, you know, you cannot -- I mean, it's there -- people who kill people are the people responsible.”
“We have Time magazine's Bobby Ghosh explaining why burning the Koran is so much worse than burning the Bible.,” Glenn said.
Pat played the audio from Gosh:
“The thing to keep in mind here is that the Koran to Muslims, it's not the same as the Bible to Christians. The Bible is a book written by men. It's acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It's the story of Jesus, but the Koran, if you're a believer, if you're Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God. It's transcribed directly as the word of God. It's sacred in a way that is hard to understand if you're not Muslim. So, the act of burning the Koran is much more, potentially much, much more inflammatory than if you burn a Bible.
Glenn and Pat wondered how it was different for God to speak to men like Isaiah who would then translate the word of God for the Bible and when Allah would speak to Mohammed and have him write down what was said.
Regardless of whether or not it’s worse to burn a Koran over the Bible, the real question that emerged out of the discussion of who was smarter: Koran-burning Terry Jones or cartoon chicken Foghorn Leghorn?
“Leghorn seems intellectually superior, I would say,” Stu said.
“Well, I never saw Foghorn Leghorn light a Koran or fire,” Glenn said.