Sean: Koran Burning Will Endanger Our Troops
The government turned up the pressure on Rev. Terry Jones who plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, warning him that doing so could endanger U.S. troops and Americans everywhere. Sean agreed wholeheartedly, “You know we’re not the ones on the front lines risking our lives to defend our country. Has this pastor thought about the possibility that this could put our troops in more jeopardy? Is he not concerned about that? What is the message…what is the upside here? Who’s the beneficiary of this Koran burning? It’ll be a lot of publicity for the church – but who in the end benefits from this?” Sean asked. Jones continues to insist that he will go ahead with his plans, despite criticism from General David Petraeus in Afghanistan, the White House and the State Department.
Pastor Terry Jones
The pastor who started a firestorm of controversy declaring September 11th “Burn a Koran” day joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline in the show’s second hour. “On ‘Burn a Koran Day’ we wanted to honor and recognize those that were murdered. But we feel the main reason we’re doing this is that it was time to stand up and send a message to the radical element of Islam,” Jones told Sean. Jones also made it clear that he isn’t directing his message to all Muslims, but to those that are violent and seek the destruction of America. When asked by Sean whether he felt burning Korans would jeopardize the safety of our troops, Jones felt his protest was a necessary evil. “Whether we do it or not, sooner or later we will have to stand up, even in a greater way, to that radical element,” the pastor said. Jones did say, however, that he is considering General Petraeus’ plea to forgo having such a public protest. “We are definitely considering [standing down], but we’re just not sure that at this time if backing down will make the situation better.”
Gingrich: “Koran Burning Is Exactly Wrong”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, back from a well-deserved vacation, joined Sean and discussed the Koran burning protest planned by Pastor Terry Jones. “Jones should not burn the Koran. We represent a belief in respecting other people’s religions, and I think for us to do something like that is frankly just exactly wrong,” said Gingrich. Newt suggested that the pastor do something to help people, rather than hurt. “What he ought to do is offer to accept for his church the woman they’re about to stone to death in Iran and indicate that he is much more open to helping human beings live positive lives, than people who claim to represent Islam. He should use the publicity he’s getting to be positive and focus on our role as a country that respects faiths. I think this is a moral mistake and a practical mistake and I would urge him not to burn the Koran.”
Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >