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02/10/2011 02:16 AM ID: 87842 Permalink   

Top State Officials and Governor Christie Named as Potential Witnesses in Quran Burning Case


Lawyers for Derek Fenton listed many New Jersey state management level personnel as potential witnesses in a case about the burning of some pages of the Quran at a 9-11 Commemorative demonstration. Fenton lost his job at the NJ Transit system.

ACLU Executive Director, Deborah Jacobs was surprised to see Christie´s name listed, but says the ACLU supports Fenton´s Free Speech right to burn the Quran as a statement in support of September 11 victims.

Fenton was fired for violating the Transit Authority´s Code of Ethics. He is suing the agency to get his job back.

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If I was in that city, I would have joined a demonstration in front of the court where we would burn entire korans not just pages. No book-copies in the world are worth the Hundreds of people around the world being persecuted because of the holiness of the pages of some copy.
  by: kmazzawi     02/10/2011 06:28 PM     
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Would you burn Torahs, Bibles, and Books of Mormon too?
  by: Common_Tater   02/11/2011 05:15 AM     
For the sake of completeness I will have to burn multiple religious book-copies as well as copies of the constitution of whatever country I would be in. Notice I have to use the word ´copy´ because people seem to forget that these books have millions of copies available out there.
  by: kmazzawi     02/11/2011 02:26 PM     
Holy´ books do not supersede freedom of expression. If that is how he wishes to express his hate for Islam -- and he has every right to hate Islam, just as he has every right to hate *any* religion for *any* reason -- then so be it. As long as he is not physically harming another person in doing so, then it is not the government´s business.
  by: velger   02/12/2011 05:59 PM     
These are just books (Korans, Torahs, Bibles, and Books of Mormon)written by ancient flawed humans. They are no different from any other books ever written. I don´t ever understand the ignorant fury when someone destroys one.
  by: Lurker     02/12/2011 06:24 PM     
I hope the courts remember the First Amendment and give the guy his job back.

Placing any value on the burnt paper, and penalizing him should be a violation of the ´Establishment Clause´.

If the courts look at the paper as being of religious significance and rule that the termination was warranted. They will have effectively recognized a religion in their ruling.

And then of course there´s the whole freedom of speech... Last I checked we Americans could still burn flags.
  by: richie65x   02/13/2011 10:45 AM     

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  by: richie65x   02/14/2011 01:45 PM     
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