The fire department has denied Jones a required burn permit for Sept. 11, but he said lawyers have told him his right to burn Qurans is protected by the First Amendment, with or without the city's permission.He is correct, he has a First Amendment right to burn Qurans. What he does not have is a First Amendment right to disobey a city ordinance requiring a fire permit. I don't care if it is Qurans or firewood. We'll have to see how that plays out.
But this story is interesting in many other ways as well. Officials of the Federal Government have condemned the plans. However, I don't recall seeing any condemnation from the likes of Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. If they have, point me to an article.