- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Terry Jones, pastor of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center Church in Gainesville, Fla., plans to burn Korans because of the radical Islamic terrorists who attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001. The pastor is undeterred by warnings from U.S. military commanders and displeasure from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as statements from many that the planned burning of Korans is un-American.

Regardless of unpopular sentiment expressed by many, let’s face the unvarnished truth about radical Islam and the intolerance that even the less radical elements of Islam display toward the fundamental institutions of America that define our rights and liberties. Instead of allowing fear of Islamic reprisal to suppress our voices under the First Amendment, let us allow Islam to learn about American freedoms. Do not refrain from expressing those freedoms in order to placate Islam. This would be the greater danger and injustice to America.

To those who believe that we are in a war of civilizations - a clash of liberty and freedom versus intolerance and repression arising from the Islamic civilization - I would say they are correct. We must not so much as even blink in this struggle.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.

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