Updated below (on Tuesday, April 5, 2011)
Associated Press photo
In Kandahar today, Afghanis protest the March 20 burning of a copy of the Koran by a fucktarded American “Christian” “pastor” in Florida who admits that he doesn’t know much about the Muslim holy book. Thus far more than 20 people have been killed in two days of protests in the Muslim nation in which the U.S. military has had operations for a decade.
Wow, is the world interconnected.
Terry Jones, a white-trash “pastor” with a congregation of only about 50 fellow white-trash mouth-breathers, burned a Koran in his white-trash “church”* in Gainesville, Florida, and thus far more than 20 people have been killed in Afghanistan in protests against the “pastor’s” desecration of the Muslim holy book.
What this is in a nutshell, methinks, is stupid upon stupid.
You have Jones, whose biography on Wikipedia indicates that he never went to college but that did use the title of “doctor,” which got him into trouble when he was living in Cologne, Germany, for more than three decades as a “Christian” missionary. Someone who knew him in Cologne said of him, “He didn’t project the biblical values and Christianity, but always made himself the center of everything.” Which sure sounds an awful fucking lot like the Jones we know here in the United States; he calls his “church” the “Dove World Outreach Center,” which certainly sounds like he’s reaching out to the world in peace, but instead of world peace, he’s bringing about only death and destruction.
Jones felt the need to “put the Koran on trial” at his white-trash “church” in Florida on March 20. The Koran was “found guilty” of whatever and its “punishment” was immolation.
It seems to me that if you are secure in your religious beliefs, then you don’t need to pronounce your religious beliefs superior and others’ inferior, but Jones and his gene-pool-polluting ilk are not secure in their beliefs. So they torched a Koran. Which proves their superiority. Or something.
When it comes down to it, logically and rationally, it was just the burning of a book. It could have been any book — a cookbook, a phone book, a school textbook. The physical world isn’t harmed by the burning of a book.
But just as Jones and his incredibly fucktarded followers put meaning into their torching of the Koran, apparently not very bright, apparently pretty brainwashed people across the globe — the apparent fundamentalist counterparts to Jones and his followers — also put a lot of meaning into that action. They could have seen the book burning for what it was: just a book burning by the pathetically small-minded. Nothing more to see here. Move along.
Instead, they very apparently believe that they have to take the book burning in the manner in which it was intended: as an affront. To the most brainwashed of them, for some obscure, podunk white-trash “pastor” to burn a copy of the Koran in the United States is something for them to die or to kill for (or both).
Terry Jones, being a “Christo”fascist, of course insists that he’s not responsible for the death of anyone (“Christo”fascists by definition never take responsibility for anything, being perfect and “saved” themselves while being surrounded by a world of “sinners”), even though he had declared September 11, 2010, as “International Burn a Koran Day,” as you can see from the news photo below.
After much international media attention, Jones ultimately decided not to go through with “International Burn a Koran Day” in September, but apparently he just couldn’t take it anymore and so he torched a copy in his “church” on March 20.
Jones says that he’s not responsible for the deadly backlash — even though if he had not “put the Koran on trial,” “found it guilty” and then torched it, then no one would have died in the backlash in Afghanistan. The dots doth connect. That much is inarguable.
Now, I’m a proponent of the First Amendment — the right-wing fascists (most of them being “Christo”fascists) would silence me in a fucking heartbeat if they could — but what happens when self-serving assholes like Jones pull self-serving media stunts like the one above (you can tell that he just hates all of that media attention, can’t you?) is that he then becomes, to millions of people in other nations, the face of the United States of America.
And I don’t want Terry Jones representing me.
And Jones has entered the gray zone of the First Amendment. Case law generally has found that your First Amendment rights end where endangering others begins. The most trite example of this is the fact that falsely screaming “fire!” in a crowded building, which can cause panic and thus injury or death, is not considered to be protected speech.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the source of the screaming “fire!” example, wrote that “The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”
It is fairly predictable these days that to so publicly antagonize Muslims as Terry Jones has done is going to get someone killed somewhere.
The question then becomes: Which is more important? To protect the ability of fucktards like Terry Jones to get their rocks off by garnering media attention with their “messages” of ignorance and hatred and self-promotion — or to protect public safety?
Terry Jones is a piece of shit. He adds no value to the world. His “message” — which apparently is that the response to his Muslim-baiting “definitely does prove that there is a radical element of Islam” (which is like provoking an animal with a sharp stick and then pointing out how inherently vicious that animal is) — is not worth protecting, not when it so predictably costs lives.
You might disagree with me now, but when he costs lives on American soil, get back to me then.
*Lest you think that I’m being harsh or unfair, the AFP reports:
Don Northrup founded the church “in the living room of his home” in 1986 in Gainesville, according to the church’s website. Members raised $150,000 to build the church in its current location.
Northrup died in 1996 and [Terry] Jones took over several years later.
The church’s website encourages visitors to donate money and offers for sale coffee mugs, t-shirts and caps — all featuring anti-Islam slogans.
The website also rails against homosexuality and abortion.
Despite his beliefs about Islam, Jones said: “We’re not Koran experts.” He added, “I would not consider myself an expert on the Bible.”
Luke Jones, 29, said he and his father are “common people.”
“We’ve not studied the Koran, but we still have an opinion. We’re actually not educated. We’re common people,” said the son, who also is a pastor at the church.
“We’re actually not educated” — shocker! – but that doesn’t stop them from broadcasting their anti-Islamic rhetoric to the world at a time when their nation already is involved in misguided wars in the Muslim world.
Update (Tuesday, April 5, 2011):
I just want to make clear that I don’t agree with the likes of Repugnican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who says that Terry Jones should be silenced because Jones’ form of speech endangers our troops in the Middle East.
Our stormtroopers shouldn’t even be in the Middle East, so that argument is bullshit. The fact that our stormtroopers are in the Middle East, slaughtering civilians right and left — even being photographed with their victims, as though their victims were deer or something — alone is cause for Middle Easterners to (want to) retaliate against Americans. So let’s not let shitty U.S. foreign policy and shameless war profiteering off of the hook by blaming U.S. citizens for the blowback.
My problem with “Pastor” Jones’ form of speech is that the Muslim world has been persecuted more than enough by the United States for the past decade; his adding more fuel to the fire isn’t helpful. That and, as an atheist, I’m sick of being in the middle of religious retards’ unholy wars. Jones actually has said that the U.S. should retaliate against the recent deaths of the United Nations workers that his Koran burning caused.
You know, pieces of right-wing, theocratic, white-trash shit like Terry Jones are not worth even more loss of human life.
Jones has caused enough damage already and should shut the fuck up.
But I don’t support any formal, governmental curtailment of his First Amendment rights. Not at this time, anyway, and it’s unlikely that I’ll feel differently about that in the future, I think.
Hopefully, Jones will be made a pariah, if he hasn’t already been, and that will have the same effect. And if the sensationalistic corporately owned and controlled media would stop giving the media spotlight to fucktards like Jones — only because it’s sensationalistic — that would be helpful, too.
While I wouldn’t shed a tear if some “Islamofascist” were to take Jones out, the last thing that we need now is some sort of back-and-forth thing here at home between the “Christo”fascists and the “Islamofascists.” We have enough problems already.