Florida’s the Rev. Terry Jones, of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, is moving ahead with his “International Burn-a-Quran Day,” despite warnings from Afghanistan’s U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus that throwing a bunch of Islam’s sacred books on the flames will only hurt relations. Jones’s church is the same one that was behind the “No Homo Mayor” signs, who won the city’s mayoral election — and knows this merry band of press baiters quite well.

On the one hand you’ve got Jones & Co. exercising their First Amendment rights, which despite all you naysayers, is the sort of activity the First Amendment was in fact created to allow. On the other hand Gainesville officials denied Jones a permit to have an open fire, which is required to burn anything out in the open, which might just be a sly way to infringe on his First Amendment rights. In which case, well, shame on them.

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