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Burning Korans

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It's not exactly surprising that President Obama should catch some flak for sending Afghan president Hamid Karzai a letter apologizing for American troops' incineration of some copies of the Koran. Newt Gingrich, of course: "We are supposed to apologize to those who are killing us? I don't think so." Rick Santorum: "There was no act that needed an apology. It was an inadvertent act and it should be left at that.” Not to mention Mitt Romney: "for us to be apologizing at a time like this is something which is very difficult for the American people to countenance." After all, the Obama-must-stop-apologizing-for-America meme has been GOP boilerplate for some time now.

On the other hand, you'd think the three amigos would be a little sympathetic to the likes of Abdul Sattar Khawasi, an Afghan member of Parliament who called on religious leaders “to urge the people from the pulpit to wage jihad against Americans” because “Americans are invaders, and jihad against Americans is an obligation."That's pretty close to the other GOP meme about how the Obama Administration is waging war on religion. Nor do the Republican lack for their own religious leaders to mount the barricades.

Like Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia: "Despite all of its public apprehension about "culture warriors" on the political right in the past, the current administration has created an HHS mandate that is the embodiment of culture war." Once upon a time, the Archbishop of Philadelphia spoke and 40 percent of his parishioners went to culture war by boycotting the movies. But that was a long time ago. The latest word from Philly is that Chaput's late predecessor, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, ordered the shredding of a memo that named 35 priests of the archdiocese as suspected of sexually molesting children. So far, no archdiocesan apology has been forthcoming. How's that jihad working out, Excellency?

Topics: Politics, Election
Tags: koran

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