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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 is a fierce opponent of the proposed mosque near ground zero. She has written Facebook posts and tweeted about it.
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?
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Those who call the Qu'ran "evil" have not read it. Though, perhaps, some people have used it to condone their "evil" deeds. The bible, too, has been used by Christians to condone their evil ways: religious wars which ravaged Europe for centuries; crusades which ravaged the Middle East; the Inquisition and the Reconquesta which ravaged Jews and Moors respectively and spurred the burning of innocents convicted of witchcraft and heresies. Let's not forget, as well, that the literal reading of the bible caused Galileo to be tried as a heretic for his heliocentric discovery; for Darwin to be lambasted and vilified; and today, is co-opted to condone our very unchristian-like anti-Muslim fervor. Burning books is a self righteous and wholly illogical decision. The action attests to the burners' fears and risks inflaming the passions of those who hold dear the truths enshrined on their pages. Fighting fire with fire is counterproductive. It is never a solution.

September 11 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Don't you just love it whenever someone, especially religious leaders, get caught in a LIE they just wiggle their way out of it by saying, "God told me to 'stand down," please." This is just the same a politician having sex with a woman and claiming not to have had "intercourse".... Could anyone please tell me where I might find the "Truth"... The closest the library can come to it is... "Non-fiction"... No wonder our society suffers from a lack of accountability...

September 11 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Burning the Quran to supposedly "send a message to extremists?" Thats the biggest crock of b.s. I ever heard. What about the other 99% of the muslim population that reads this book? Plain hate and ignorance. I'm surprised there's not more outrage over this.

September 10 2010 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pastor Jones is a traitor to Christianity! JC said "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and said it was the most important commandment. Would he have anyone burn the Holy Bible in the name of their own religion?

September 10 2010 at 7:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"going against God" what the heck does that mean??? this pastor jones guy isn't speaking ex cathedra!!!!!!! he ain't God!!! I am a Christian and i certainly don't approve of this guy's motives. the Bible doesn't say anything about burning books, rather, "love your enemies.... bless those who curse you."

September 09 2010 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't get the memo that seemed to APPOINT Sarah Palin as a "moral compass" in this country. She is OBVIOUSLY NOT a woman of faith. This is clearly indicated with many examples of things she has done in her life; how she raised her family (or didn't), her lack of parenting of her special needs child in favor of travelling the country charging 6 figure SPEAKING FEES, and not bonding with her baby, etc. Now she puts out a message on Facebook, WEEKS after everyone else has weighed in, stating that this Koran burning is "unnecessary and insensitive"? This woman has NO IDEA about the radical factions of Islam, and obviously knows little to ZERO about foreign policy, or customs of other religeons or cultures. This narrow minded ignorance is a DANGER in and of itself, if skewed and twisted simply for PERSONAL MONETARY GAIN, in the instance of Palin, Beck and others. If Sarah waasn't raking in the dough, and flying on a provate jet, you would NEVER see her give of her time, or her knowledge to actually help anyone. She is 100% financially motivated on a personal level in all of this. The sooner the tea party republicans figure that out, the more money they will have to actually RUN their campaigns, etc. Sarah loves it because she is making MILLIONS. Enough said about Sarah, if this nut job in Florida and his "church" of 50 people decides to go through with this, they're ALL gonna need to buy some guns down there to protect themselves. Muslims in the world, BILLIONS! American's...300 million. DO the math people, we ALL need to get along in this world. Sarah, if you want to HELP....CONDEMN this guy! Insensitive? Could you think of a more appropriat word? Maybe not, as you obviously do not understand the GRAVITY of this potentially globally dangerous act.

September 09 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I have to say there has been more killing and hate and murder in the name of someones "GOD" or "RELIGION" than for any other reason known. I do not support any organized religion for this reason alone. the attitude that "I'm right and you are all wrong" and "my god is the correct god" is the true cause of evil and hate in this world.

September 09 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

While Mrs. Palin supporters may very well be blind to her faults, their own our God is not. In the final judgment that is his. The truth is always revealed. Ms Parker did not say Mrs. Palin banned books. She wrote, "was once accused" believe it or not there is a difference. She even provided a link to the source material for those interested in the truth. The real story is far more interesting than she did or she didn't... titfor tat Mrs. Palin people want to make. "...Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “ She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor...." Quoted from the article Mayor Palin: A Rough Record by Nathan Thornburgh, Tuesday, Sep. 02, 2008. Published by Time Magazine Read more:,8599,1837918,00.html#ixzz0z37xQWsZ As for Mrs. Palin and her barely timely opinion, it is a little late. The Pentecostal Jones has received his marching orders so to speak from God. Now Mrs. Palin can honestly say she tried and no one can deny her this. Good job. IMHO the only way this fire is going to be stopped is if God himself opens Florida's heavens and allows a flood of rain to come.

September 09 2010 at 12:37 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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You need to check the local papers for the correct story-not TIME magazine. Go to the Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 4,2008 and you'll get a totally different story. Stein is the mayor that Palin defeated-perhaps he's a little bitter over the loss??? Look at the words Mayor Palin actually used when questioning the librarian about censoring books-how easily words can be twisted into giving a different meaning. Mayor Palin fired several people in the administration after her election because they did not support her during the election (the librarian being one of them) and they did not support the changes she wanted to make for the city. She legally had the power to do that-as proven when one of those who were fired, sued and lost. Because of popular support for Mary Ellen Baker, she was rehired and served until SHE chose to leave. The only ones "accusing" Mayor Palin of banning books are those who don't know the facts. TIME magazine would not be MY final authority for finding out the truth in ANY situtaion.

September 09 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Stanley Grant

Burning books is a statement that what is contained in the Koran is evil and it is the very reason these Islamic terrorists attack innocent people. If you really listen the Imams around the world in mosques are encouraging these types of violence. For thousand of years people have gathered books that they thought were evil and destroyed them. Is the Bible true? Then the Koran is false. They contradict themselves. Allah had no son. The God in the Bible (Jehovah) had a Son who died on the cross for your sins so you could have eternal life. Islam denies this and relegates The Lord Jesus Christ to merely a prophet.

September 09 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Stanley Grant

You know that you don't have any rights in Islamic countries to speak out or burn anything.(unless it is an effigy of our President or a Bible or an American Flag.) You do not have any freedoms in Islamic countries. Our thousands of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot even have church meetings or Bible studies because it might offend the Muslims. A Bible study cannot even be held in the the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia.If indeed the Koran is Satanic it should be burnt and forbidden in our country but that will never happen because we live in a tolerant country.The truth will set you free. The Lord Jesus Christ said they hate me they will hate you also!!

September 09 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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