Surely you have heard by now of the Gainesville, FL pastor who is planning to burn the Koran on Saturday as a commemoration of 9/11. If not, go to that link first and check it out.
My thoughts, in order of their appearance when I heard the news:
- What a douchebag
- He’s going to cause a lot of trouble in the Islamic world
- If only he weren’t a douchebag
- But wait, shouldn’t Muslims just chill out and realize that this particular douchebag represents approximately one microspittle of the population of the US (50 parishioners)?
- Not the crazy ones, who are the ones who perpetrated 9/11 in the first place
- But isn’t this a free speech issue, at least from an American perspective?
- Oh! Great idea! We need to go to Gainesville on April 19 and burn some bibles to commemorate the Oklahoma City Bombing. Those guys were Christian after all.
- But wait! If we’re going to do that, we need to do something similar for the Jews and the Buddhists and the Shinto and the Hindus. We’ll have to find some nutjob anniversary for each of them too
- This could be a growth industry! There must be a way to monetize this
And I can say all of these stupid inane things because I’m an American and I have the right to do so. Just like that dipwad in Gainesville has every right to burn the Koran if he wants. The unfortunate fact is that he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. He’s doing it because he believes that Islam is one of the (many I’m sure) tools of the devil trying to bring down the Godly plan of having Christians rule the world. I think he should do it just because he can do it. By stating that “I’m burning this Koran because I am an American and I’m exercising my right to do so” he would be striking a blow for the Christian Freedom of His Beloved Country, For Whom God Has Made a New Eden. Although he should also burn some other books as he does so, to emphasize the point.
However, a man who is an obvious colleague of the Fred Phelps School of Hate probably doesn’t think quite that deeply about the inherent contradiction of the position he is maintaining. Here he is, in the first country in the world to enshrine in the highest law of the land the absolute right to a) burn that Koran and b) be a Muslim who hates him for it, and say so.
Seriously, Gainesville. You need to find out what version of the bible this guy’s church uses and go have a nice weeney roast somewhere nearby.