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Should Rev. Terry Jones be charged for the crime of reckless endangerment?

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Should Rev. Terry Jones be charged for the crime of reckless endangerment?

    


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Reckless endangerment is defined as a crime by a person recklessly engaging in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. Reckless conduct is conduct that exhibits a culpable disregard of foreseeable consequences to others from the act or omission involved. The accused need not intentionally cause a resulting harm or know that his conduct is substantially certain to cause that result. The ultimate question is whether, under all the circumstances, the accused's conduct was of that heedless nature that made it actually or imminently dangerous to the rights or safety of others.

Given that Rev. Terry Jones had been warned that burning a copy of the Quran (Islam's holy book) would result in harm to others and that, under his own admission, bburned a Quran as part of a public protest, should he be charged with the crime of reckless endangerment?

I agree that Rev. Terry Jones should be charged with reckless endangerment
Rev. Terry Jones was exercising his right to free speech and as such should not be charged

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books " Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)
 
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