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September 10, 2010

Why Was The FBI Dropping By The Wannabe Koran Burners?

I think I've made it pretty clear I'm not a real big fan of the whole Koran burning thing. What I'm even less of a fan of is government coercion of legitimate, if abhorrent speech.

FBI agents visited Thursday with a minister of a small Florida church that plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, as public safety became a paramount concern and President Barack Obama added his voice to the chorus of opposition.

...The FBI spent about a half hour talking with Jones, but church spokesman Wayne Sapp would not disclose what they discussed. Agents leaving the church wouldn't talk to an Associated Press reporter.

Jones said earlier this week that agents have visited him twice since he announced his plans in July, the last visit about two weeks ago.

Now, I suppose it's possible Jones is caught up in something else unrelated to the Koran burning plans that has the legitimate interest of the FBI. However given the nature of this story and the unprecedented involvement of government officials in this matter (more in a minute on that), I think AG Holder and/or President Obama need to come out right away and make it clear that federal law enforcement officers are not being used to intimidate Jones.

Jonah Goldberg made a great point last night on FNC's Special Report...a lot of people went nuts right after 9/11 when Ari Fleischer said, "all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do." (follow the link for Hitchens' take down of the faux hysteria). Now however it's the policy of this administration to have figures such as the head of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, the Secretary of State, the President of the United States of America weigh in on the wisdom of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. The Secretary of Defense even called Jones to personally discuss the situation with him.

I've gone quite a bit over the last two days about the double standards employed by the left about Islam and the delicate sensibilities of Muslims who are peaceful unless you know, they aren't, but the idea the government is mobilizing to talk someone out of protesting and suddenly FBI agents show up is truly outrageous.

How about the Obama administration do it's damn job and protect Americans who do dumb things but are exercising their legal rights. That's why we have a government in the first place. Stop lecturing some kook in Florida about what they should and should not do and make it clear to everyone around the world, sensitive and extremest Muslims included, that we do and say what we want here in the US and if you have a problem with that, tough shit.

I hope Congressman Daryl Issa adds this to his list of things to investigate come January of next year.

Until it's clear that the FBI was there on unrelated matters, I'm not giving this administration the benefit of the doubt.

Update [Gabe]: Ann Coulter's column today is on FI-YA. As they say, read the whole thing.

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posted by DrewM. at 10:47 AM

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