Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First amendment and Koran burning.

It is a challenge for US government when it finds itself in controversy where it has no control.

Unlike many countries US government does not have power by law to ban Books,Ban flag burning, even US flag burning.First amendment to the constitution says
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

First amendment prevent government interference by executive or state governments. This applies universally to all Governments in united states of America.

These and several other scenarios have been litigated .Rulings by US Supreme Court set the guidelines for government and public.

In 1925 case Gitlow vs New York the Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government.

In a different case it has been adjudicated that burning of flag of United sates of America is a protected form of free speech and all the efforts to bring a constitutional amendment to change has failed in US Senate.

Back to this organizations frustration and desire to burn the Koran.

Christians have been frustrated when they see and read of destruction of churches , killing of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim majority countries . Ban on proselytising and conversion of Muslims frustrates them as at the same time they see many Americans converting to Islam and many new Muslim immigrants flouting their religions in their heartland.

Many Christians wonder why we give Muslims rights in this country,while Christians are denied such rights in Muslim majority countries.Many christian charities are frustrated as they are required to Chanel their services through Islamic charities in Muslim majority countries.They see the news how LET and JUD are giving international aid to flood victims in Pakistan and US AID chief is threatened by same groups when he visits the camps.

In Saudi Arabia they routinely throw away religious icons and literature of non Muslims at the airport.Their are no places of worship for the minorities and life by law is worth less of people from India,Pakistan,Palestine and Egypt.At the same time Saudi Government and other bodies are largest contributor of Mosque building in America.

They also send and fund large number of fundamentalist Imams for the service.These people make a very narrow interpretation of Islam as they lack the experiences of multicultural societies.

It is time that we give reciprocal rights to people of all nations and do not allow them to exploit our system when they are not willing to give any rights to minorities in their countries.

I would like to see all patriotic Muslims of America appeal for rights of Christians and other minorities for formation of places of worship in Muslim majority countries.Then they would have a better standing to ask extra protection for their rights.

I would also like to see them criticise and protest when American symbols of freedom (Flag)and leadership(president) are burned and defiled in The Islamic countries
In spite of desire of all, No effort on the part of people can in the short run take away the right of people to burn books or flags even if president of united states want to stop it.He has no power in this matter.He can only criticise after the fact.
It would give all the Muslim organizations and leaders higher respect if they criticised the acts of terror against minorities loudly in Muslim Majority countries.

For President to become a party in such arguments will only leave him bloodied.


Surprisingly It is the first amendment to the constitution which gives equal rights to Muslims to practice religion as they wish in America without any interference Same amendment gives this church in Florida right to burn Koran the Muslim holy book.

Whenever i see desperate acts of flag burning and book burnings in America it show's signs of deep frustration in individuals and that is not a nice thing.When i heard that the protester burning the US flag was a quadriplegic Vietnam war veteran making a point by defying the flag,I cried for his courage and pain and found myself more in understanding of the person then mad at the action.

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