Meet the media's latest money-making nutcase.
His name is Terry Jones, pastor of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. A few weeks ago, Jones announced that his church would host an "International Burn A Koran Day" to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. It's hard to believe that such an idiotic demonstration -- blatantly designed to get media attention -- would, in fact, get media attention. But yesterday, Jones was the main story in nearly every online media outlet thanks to Gen. David H. Patraeus' denouncement of the church's actions.
Patraeus warned that the demonstration could "endanger troops" and damage the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. "Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday," said Patraeus. "Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."
Asked about Patraeus' reaction, Jones said in a CNN interview, "we have firmly made up our mind" to carry out the Koran burnings, "but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it." He said his group is "weighing the situation." He added: "Our message is a message of warning to the radical element of Islam. America needs to wake up. The President needs to wake up."
Hey bozo -- you need to wake up. When Flannista first heard of your planned demonstration several weeks ago, I was appalled but then relieved because I knew your nutty story would quickly go away, like that JetBlue attendant on the emergency chute. But seems like it's been swept into the current anti-Muslim zeitgeist, if you will. It's kind of cool to take a strong stand against the "radical element of Islam," isn't it? Bet you feel real patriotic. After all, what could be more American than being a media darling?
There's just one thing needling me, though. I need you to tell me a bit more about this Jesus you claim to follow. Is it the Jesus who preached about turning the other cheek? Or the one who said, "Blessed are the peacemakers"? How about the one who inspired this portion of a letter to the Christian community at Romans:
Do not repay evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Hey, I'm just joshing ya, Jones. I know this isn't the Jesus you follow. You follow the one who, in your words, "requires me to put forth a show of force for radicals who don't follow the truth of America." I'm certain that teaching of Christ is in the New Testament somewhere. Gosh, I'm such a lousy American. Worse, I'm a lousy Christian! Because right now I'd like nothing more than to slap the living bejesus out of you. Shame on me . . . but hell, bet I get an interview on CNN!