In a recent article in the Huffington Post, ex-Governor Sarah Palin agreed with President Obama for probably for very first time in recorded history. Like many other politicians have done, Palin came out and condemned the proposed plan of a Floridian Christian Church Pastor to hold a Quran burning this upcoming weekend. Just as I was nodding in pleasant surprise, Palin of course had to twist her statement around to reinforce something else she’s been pushing lately. In the artcile, Palin said,
“Book burning is antithetical to American ideals,” she wrote. “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.”
Any intelligent indivudal briskly flipping through the newspaper is going to make associations and connections between various issues going on on the world stage. Often, it is these associations that lead someone from a piece of evidence to a conclusion, often incorrectly. Sarah Palin did just that. Likening a book burning to the desire to build a cultural center with a house of worship attached is ludicrous. They are simply nothing alike. An interesting way to look at this is t0 change the faith being dealt with here. Instead of burning Qurans, say this misguided Minister wants to burn Bibles. Is that like wanting to build a church near a site where Christians killed people? There would be Christians coming out of the woodwork talking about how this is a Christian nation, etc etc.
I suppose all I’m saying is that we must be careful about the weight of the associations we make. We need to think a little more before we make wrongful connections that could hurt others. In a country where freedom is of the utmost value and tolerance is key, it is crucial to be mindful of what we insinuate.