WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is exhorting a Florida minister to "listen to those better angels" and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend.
There is never a good day to burn a book, and there is never sufficient reason to burn any book anytime. Not because it offends people or increases the risk of a terrorist retaliation, but simply because burning books is just wrong. Freedom of speech is an essential part of being an American. The right to express yourself freely is our best hedge against oppression. It is precisely the book burning mentality that the Islamists are promoting. In this case, we shouldn't fight fire with fire.