Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

I'm not a big fan of Terry Jones, the Quran-burning preacher formerly of Gainesville, Florida. Matter of fact I think he's dumber than a sack of hammers and/or crazy as the mid-summer days are long, and I'm glad that he and his personal promotion circus disguised as a "church" left Gainesville not long after I moved here.

That said, his arrest yesterday, en route to a planned public Quran burning, was transparently political. Matter of fact, let me double down on that: It was totally Stalinist. Its entire and only purpose was to suppress the religious and political speech rights of Terry Jones and his associates.

Everyone in any level of government who was in any way involved in the affair -- including but not limited to the Polk County sheriff's deputies who actually carried out the arrest -- needs to be fired immediately, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for violations of United States Code, Title 18, Sections 241 ("Conspiracy against rights") and 242 ("Deprivation of rights under color of law"), and sued by Jones et. al. for full recovery of every dime associated with the suppressed political event, plus significant punitive damages (to be paid from their personal finances, not by the taxpayers).

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