For John, BLUF: Free Speech is a terrible burden, but a wonderful tool for democracy. Nothing to see here; just move along.
He was planning on burning copies of the Koran, so the police arrested him. For unlawfully transporting fuel. The reporter is Desiree Stennett and the source is The Orlando Sentinel. The lede:
Controversial Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones, known for his plans to publicly burn copies of the Muslim holy book, was arrested Wednesday with thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans, authorities said.If there are enough different laws one never has to worry about actually breaching the First Amendment. Just arrest the person for picking his feet in Poughkeepsie.
Jones, 61, was arrested on felony charges after a traffic stop near a pharmacy in Mulberry, a small town in Polk County, just before 5 p.m. He faces charges of unlawfully transporting fuel and openly carrying a firearm.
Deputies said Jones was riding in a pickup truck that was towing a smoker and trailer filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans. He also had extra bottles of kerosene inside the truck bed.
As a commentator at the Althouse blog noted:
Next time, he should stick with burning the politically correct symbol...the US Flag.Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff