Sarah Palin was once accused of trying to ban books
in her hometown library. But as for burning the Koran, she's opposed.
On Wednesday, Palin wrote a Facebook post entitled "Koran Burning Is Insensitive, Unnecessary; Pastor Jones, Please Stand Down." Book burning, she wrote, is "antithetical to American ideals."
The post was in response to Gainesville, Fla., pastor Terry Jones and his church's plan to burn more than 200 copies
of the Koran on Sept. 11. Jones is the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center, "a New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church," according to its Web site
. Jones and his church members believe "Islam is of the Devil."
In her post, Palin said that people have the constitutional right to burn a Koran but that it is "insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero."
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Palin's Wednesday post sounded more tempered than some of her past ones targeting President Obama and her critics. She warned Jones and his supporters to heed caution against their plan.
"It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance," the post said. "Don't feed that fire. If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive."
On Tuesday, Palin announced her own Sept. 11 event with Glenn Beck in Alaska
. She wrote, "We can count on Glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring, and I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will 'never forget.'"
Palin's Koran post generated more than 1,500 comments in less than 45 minutes. Many of her followers did not support her post.
One wrote, "Dear Sarah, Maybe you are unaware of this man's motives, I don't think he is doing it out of hatred or to promote violence toward all muslims, I think he is just trying to show that the Koran and the teachings of Islam are evil in their nature and that they are against Christ. We as christians should stand with him and not go against him, going against him would mean going against God."
Another wrote, "The RIGHT to FREE speach includes the right to offend!"
But many sided with Palin's opinion on the Koran and the mosque in New York City.
One commenter said, "If they do this, they will be no better than the Islamic extremists. It is not our place to judge, that's God's job."
Palin, who has often questioned Obama's faith, also wrote in the post that freedom of religion is "integral to our charters of liberty." She also encouraged readers to remember the Golden Rule -- treat others as you would like to be treated.
Her closing question: "Isn't that [The Golden Rule] what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?