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The actions of a preacher in Florida are fearful of creating huge problems for U.S. civilians and soldiers in Afghanistan. Pastor Terry Jones [leader of the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL] plans to burn the Koran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary 9/11. The announcement has set off protests in Kabul and General David Petraeus warns Jones’s actions could put American lives in danger. More at PBS News Hour.

Angelina Jolie and Hillary Clinton Condemn Quran Burning Church, but Mayor Bloomberg Supports Their Rights

Even Pastor Terry Jones’ old church condemns Quran-burning

Some ask if the planned Quran burning is the same as the plan to build an Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from ground zero. Do you believe we have to defend our Constitutional rights no matter how stupid we are acting? (Poll)

IMO: Some would consider the ground zero community center a slap in the face to Americans, and the same expression of Constitutional rights as burning the Quran. Yes, I can see the similarities, but I still feel like the community center is a step in the right direction; a step towards acceptance. I wasn’t there, nor do I have any ties to any of the victims of 9/11, so I can only begin to imagine how it would feel to see Park51 erected. Building the center will definitely have its share of negative repercussions, but the goal is closure and acceptance. I feel burning the Quran WILL lead – and can ONLY lead – to conflict.

Many different opinions on this folks. What’s yours?

-@bnyce