The great Koran (Quran, Qur’an)-burning controversy launched by Terry Jones, the crazed pastor of a tiny Gainesville, FL church, may have been defused: Sarah Palin (or maybe her ghostwriter) has taken to Facebook to add her 2 cents. And she agrees with everyone else who has publicly commented on the matter–it’s wrong. It isn’t necessary! Quoth the former governor:
Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
“I would hope,” continues Palin, “that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event.” Palin did not offer any necessary provocations the Pastor might choose instead, but she did end her statement by name-checking the Park51 Project, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque“:
We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?
But wait! Palin’s not the only civic-minded public figure chiming in on the controversy–People reports that Angelina Jolie has weighed in from Pakistan, where she is currently healing the sick and bringing comfort to the poor: “I have hardly the words,” Jolie said to reporters in Islamabad, to grasp “that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book.”
That’s it. We’re done; eBay-happy Pastor Jones will surely fold up his hate tent and meekly pull his flock back into his tin-roofed sanctuary to pray for forgiveness now. If Palin is in moose-hunting mood and Jolie chooses to channel her super-spy character from Salt, he could be in a heap of trouble.