Danedri Thompson

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If nothing else, we can thank the Rev. Terry Jones for exposing the blatant hypocrisy of President Obama and liberals.

The Rev. Terry Jones planned a Quran-burning event in Florida on Sept. 11. The pastor with 50 followers incited U.S. Generals and President Obama to warn that any attempts to burn the Quran would result in the death of U.S. soldiers (and probably civilians, too) at the hands of Muslim extremists.

The President urged “tolerance” on the part of Jones. Um. Which is more “tolerant?” Burning a Quran or beheading innocents because of some guy in Florida burned your holy book?

Maybe the President should have preached tolerance to the would-be violence inciters rather than to Florida’s version of Fred Phelps.

What’s so hypocritical about Obama’s sentiments and strong words against the Florida pastor is his handling of the “Cordoba House” community center near Ground Zero.

When Muslims sought to build “Cordoba House” within blocks of Ground Zero, Obama gave a lecture on religious freedom to those who opposed the development.

“Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” he intoned when asked about the New York City mosque controversy. “And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan.”

Where’s the lecture on freedom of speech to the people who opposed the Quran burning?

“It is something that is not the right thing to do. With freedom comes responsibility,” Obama told Larry King.

Well, Mr. President, here in America, Americans and those visiting our country have the right to burn books, protest military funerals, burn flags and dip crucifixes in urine. They’re not the right things to do, but they certainly have the right.

It’s funny how Obama only seems to notice “rights” when they expressly suit his purposes.

And then there are the crazed liberals who insist on painting every conservative or Republican with an enormously broad brush. According to most lefty-bloggers all conservatives are just shy of a white sheet and a Klan-membership card.

“Vote Republican and burn a Quran.  Same difference.  I mean it. Really,” a nutjob lefty posted on her blog o’ crazy.

These liberals are the same people preaching that we shouldn’t paint all Muslims with a brush that notes 19 Muslims flew planes into buildings nine years ago killing more than 3,000 people. Rightfully, we’re supposed to judge Muslims as individuals and assume from first meeting that they’re all moderate practioners of the Religion of Peace.

Meanwhile, all Republicans are Quran-burning bigots who can barely tie their own shoes.

I can’t speak for all Republicans, but I can certainly speak for this one: I don’t think the federal government or the President should step into the mosque controversy in Manhattan. The building should not have any special privileges nor additional bureaucratic red tape. Its developers should receive the same treatment as any other developer.

It’s not intolerant to build a community center with Islamic worship space in lower Manhattan. It’s completely insensitive, however, and the general public should shame and embarrass the developer who wants to build such a monument at that site. It’s even more offensive that the plans are to call it “Cordoba House.”

Cordoba was the capital of the Caliphate during Muslim rule of Spain, a place where Muslims conquered their enemies in the 8th Century. It’s akin to calling the building “Victory Community Center.” It’s about as insensitive as it gets and if the developers of the site had any real tolerance for the people in New York, they’d find a different space.

Meanwhile, Rev. Jones should be allowed to burn any books he wants. It’s stupid, and he looks like an idiot. But the last time I checked, this was still America, and her freedoms provide for the supremely moronic to behave that way. (See presidential election 2008 for another fine example.)

The reasoned response to both controversies is that everyone has certain rights in this country – the right to never ever be offended isn’t one of them.

I’m offended every time a liberal opens his or her mouth, but they should still be allowed to do it — if for no other reason than to show their hypocrisy is breathtaking.