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    Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    This weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that he'd like to see Congress consider doing something about burning the Quran.

    On Face The Nation today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that the reaction to the Koran burning in Florida suggests that Congress should look into limiting some forms of speech

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    [Sen. Graham said,] “I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II, we had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy. So, burning a Koran is a terrible thing but it doesn’t justify killing someone. Burning a Bible would be a terrible thing but it doesn’t justify murder. Having said that, anytime we can push back here in America against actions like this that put our troops at risk we should do it, and I look forward to working with Senators Kerry, and Reid, and others to condemn this, condemn violence all over the world based on the name* of religion. But General Petreaus understand better than anybody else in America what happens when something like this is done in our country and he was right to condemn it and I think Congress would be right to reinforce what General Petreasus said.”
    Lindsey Graham On Koran Burning: “Freedom Of Speech Is A Great Idea But We’re In A War.”

    If legislation were proposed making it illegal to burn or destroy the Quran (at least publicly) would you support it?

    Follow up question, would such legislation may survive a Constitutional challenge?
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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Symbolic speech, like destroying something like a religious icon, or burning the flag, is protected by the first amendment.
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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    This weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that he's like to see Congress consider "doing something" about burning the Quran.



    If legislation were proposed making it illegal to burn or destroy the Quran (at least publicly) would you support it?

    Follow up question, would such legislation may survive a Constitutional challenge?

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    Of course not. We're a nation that values free speech - even the unpalatable free speech of utter morons like this Koran burner. I think this would be like the many flag burning amendments that have passed through - a political gesture to gain points, knowing full well it would never pass so there is no danger of having to then really support it. The other thing is, doing so is like giving in to a form of blackmail.

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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Absolutely not, just as I wouldn't support a law or constitutional amendment banning the burning of the flag or Bible.

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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    agreeing with paschendale, if you ban burning the quran then you have to ban burning all religous icon's which would be infringing on the first amendment.

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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Quote Originally Posted by Lykaios View Post
    Of course not. We're a nation that values free speech - even the unpalatable free speech of utter morons like this Koran burner. I think this would be like the many flag burning amendments that have passed through - a political gesture to gain points, knowing full well it would never pass so there is no danger of having to then really support it. The other thing is, doing so is like giving in to a form of blackmail.
    I am leaning no, but the difference is that is speech ended up getting people killed and put our service men and women at risk. I understand the Pentagon called the pastor and asked him to not do it. If people that high up in the government are concerned, then this an act we should all be concerned about.

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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    I am curious to know what other kinds of speech have been banned in the past, because of war..

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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Quote Originally Posted by Lykaios View Post
    Of course not. We're a nation that values free speech - even the unpalatable free speech of utter morons like this Koran burner. I think this would be like the many flag burning amendments that have passed through - a political gesture to gain points, knowing full well it would never pass so there is no danger of having to then really support it.
    I admit, I have supported those amendments in the past. I've since changed my position (long before this Quran question came up).

    The other thing is, doing so is like giving in to a form of blackmail.
    Good point. In a sense it would mean giving into extremists.
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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I am leaning no, but the difference is that is speech ended up getting people killed and put our service men and women at risk. I understand the Pentagon called the pastor and asked him to not do it. If people that high up in the government are concerned, then this an act we should all be concerned about.
    "Concerned" in what way?
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    Re: Should Congress Ban Burning of the Quran

    Hell no, it would be pissing on the 1st Amendment and one of our core American values.
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