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Calvin Freiburger

Quran-Burning Stunt Reveals That Conservatives, Not Leftists, Are Consistent Foes of Religious Intolerance

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Posted on September 10 2010 9:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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One particular trope of leftist argument is complaining about or passing along something some conservative says or does without an explanation for why it’s objectionable, as if the idiocy or under-handedness is obvious anyone other than themselves. Today’s contestants: Media Matters, which highlights the following exchange from last night’s “Hannity,” in which Sean—scandalously, apparently—“draws another comparison between building a community center and burning the Quran”:

HANNITY: The President is defending the First Amendment right to build the mosque on Ground Zero on the one hand, and the President’s speaking out—and I disagree with the pastor, I think it’s unnecessarily provocative in the case of burning the Quran—but the President speaks out against him. What are we to interpret from that?

That’s not propaganda; it’s a darn good question. The Cordoba House isn’t merely a “community center”; it’s a project spearheaded by radically-inclined Muslims to proselytize from a site of jihadist victory. The prospect of putting a symbol of the religion which inspired the September 11 attacks at the very site of the atrocity is so manifestly offensive that it’s preposterous to claim its intention is anything higher than provocation and posturing.

Book burning may have a particular long-standing, richly deserved stigma, but when you get right down to it, the only real difference between Pastor Terry Jones’ proposed stunt and Feisal Abdul Rauf’s pet project is that the former is an insult aimed at Muslims, while the latter is an insult perpetrated by Muslims. Accordingly, the real scandal shouldn’t be that Hannity dares to ask Barack Obama about the double standard, but that more media figures aren’t doing the same.

Indeed, while some leftists insist that, in defending the right to build the mosque, they’re not defending the mosque itself, their refusal to discuss the radical roots of the Cordoba project (in this case not even describing it as anything more specific than “community center”) suggests that they aren’t so neutral about the content of offensive religious acts after all.

Despite what some disingenuous types might claim, conservatives and jihad foes like Frank Gaffney, Robert Spencer, Ann Coulter, and Andy McCarthy are taking the consistent, tolerant, and right position on burning the Quran: denounce it as a “gratuitously offensive gesture” (McCarthy) and “a nasty thing to do” to “Muslims who mean us no harm” (Coulter), but don’t lose sight of genuine Islamic radicalism or left-wing hypocrisy, and definitely don’t waste time with hand-wringing about an American or right-wing epidemic of anti-Muslim bigotry: It’s simply not true.

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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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