Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, oppose Quran burning [UPDATED]
Update: Terry Jones agreed this afternoon to cancel the Quran burning event. Jones told reporters a deal had been cut with the man proposing to build an Islamic Center near Ground Zero -- Jones will cancel the Quran barbecue if they build elsewhere -- but from the sounds of things, the deal is pretty shaky, if it even exists at all. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is planning to build the Islamic Center, says he never agreed to any such thing.
Nationally, Jones is finding a rousing lack of political support for the stunt from pretty much everyone. Seriously, how often do we hear about Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, the Vatican, TV evangelist Pat Robertson and Barack Obama all agreeing on something? And now we can add Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison to the roster.
Reporters asked Pawlenty for his take on his way out of the country today. According to T-Paw, burning books in general is probably not the best idea.
Sure, it's legal, Pawlenty said, but it's just not wise.
Rep. Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim to ever win a seat in Congress, gave more of a substantial logistical criticism when asked for his opinion on the burning. Said Ellison to KARE 11:
"There's a world of difference between al Qaida and the Muslim community. In fact the same difference between the Ku Klux Klan and Christianity."
Even Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks Jones is crossing the line. On WCCO-AM radio, Bachmann called Jones "reprehensible." And when Michele Bachmann is trying to talk you off the ledge, maybe it's time to come down.
But not for Jones. Just yesterday, he said he wasn't convinced that it was a bad idea and still planned to go through with the burning.
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