Quran Burning and The Silliness That's Florida

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Sep 112010
 

Apparently Terry Jones (I refuse to use the Reverend honorific for a person like this) of the Dove World Center in Gainesville has flown to New York, and won’t be burning in Quran’s. In the process, he finally got his 15 minutes of fame for he and the loser that is his Associate Paster, and created even more division in America…but hey, he managed to get what he wanted…attention.

In our country, people have a right to be assholes and idiots, and this guy certainly took advantage of that right. We have the right to burn our own flag, to burn books of all types, and to insult other people…even entire groups of people. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Let someone burn a Bible, and this guy and his cult followers would go crazy. So why wouldn’t they have the same problem burning the Holy Book of another religion.

I think he never intended to burn a Quran. This guy is a ego-maniac, and was using this as a way to get attention. I came to realize in watching two clips I saw, each one showing him walking out to speak to the press. Now let’s remember this is a man who pastors a church of about 50 people. But each time he came to speak to the press, it look the President walking out with the usual contingent. Here’s the “tell.” The man walked out in his shirtsleeves (not uncommon giving it’s Summer in Florida), but was followed each time, along with others, by a woman carrying his coat. After walking to the spot where the microphones were, he’d stop and she’d hold his coat up for him to put it on, then he’d step up to the microphones.

Jones and his entourage taking questions from the press. The lady in the back on the left is the official coat carrier.

In the second, later clip, he was followed by a woman wearing a gun, and his associate pastor was on one of the news shows, in his suit, also “packing heat.” This guy gained his 15 minutes in an earlier Youtube video going off on every other Church and minister in Gainesville because they wouldn’t join his church in condemning the gay person running for Mayor of Gainesville. In those videos, he was wearing a t-shirt.

This is clearly all just theater, and the press was right there to oblige. Secretary of State Clinton had the best solution to all this. If the press would go away, this would be a non-story.  This is all Jones wanted, and the press willingly gave it to him.

During all this I keep hearing about the “Islamization” of America. What an amazing joke. The number of Muslims in America in miniscule, yet we are running in fear. What a bunch of small and frightened people we’ve become.

Christian Values – Burn Another’s Holy Book

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Jul 302010
 

Just incredible is about all I can say. Gainesville’s Dove World Church, made famous last year for its “No Homo Mayor” campaign, is planning to burn Korans on September 11th.

According to this “Christian Pastor,” it’s OK to burn a Koran because it’s not the Christian holy book, but can you imagine the tantrum and outrage that would follow if a Muslim group planned the same thing for the Bible.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPwJUwQwPiY]

It makes me understand how Anne Rice (after a lifetime as an observant Catholic) can put the following on her Facebook page:

Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.

As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of …Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.

I can understand her place. It grows increasingly difficult to see people like this pastor wrap themselves in the flag and some sort of militaristic religious ramblings (and there are far too many people who claim Jesus’ message of neighborly love only just so far), and keep up any belief in or desire to associate with them. I would have phrased it differently. I don’t think I could ever quit being Christian, but my reservations about “religion” are growing almost daily.

Christian Values – Burn Another's Holy Book

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Jul 302010
 

Just incredible is about all I can say. Gainesville’s Dove World Church, made famous last year for its “No Homo Mayor” campaign, is planning to burn Korans on September 11th.

According to this “Christian Pastor,” it’s OK to burn a Koran because it’s not the Christian holy book, but can you imagine the tantrum and outrage that would follow if a Muslim group planned the same thing for the Bible.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPwJUwQwPiY]

It makes me understand how Anne Rice (after a lifetime as an observant Catholic) can put the following on her Facebook page:

Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.

As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of …Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.

I can understand her place. It grows increasingly difficult to see people like this pastor wrap themselves in the flag and some sort of militaristic religious ramblings (and there are far too many people who claim Jesus’ message of neighborly love only just so far), and keep up any belief in or desire to associate with them. I would have phrased it differently. I don’t think I could ever quit being Christian, but my reservations about “religion” are growing almost daily.

News Wrap-up for January 2, 2009

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Jan 022009
 

How to Not Recycle Your Paystub
A bank robber in Chicago chose a very poor way of recycling his paystub when he used as the hold-up note in a bank robbery. The FBI says the man walked into a Fifth Third Bank and handed the tell a note that said, “Be Quick Be Quit (sic). Give your cash or I’ll shoot.” He got about $400, left half the note in the bank, and the other half on the ground outside the bank. He was arrested at his home address (on the paystub) a couple of hours later.

Pay For The Soda Already
A 27 year old guy in Eau Claire, Wis. went into a store, took a cup, filled it, drank it, then refused to pay. Tellers called the police who told the obviously drunk guy to pay the $1.57  for the soda or go to jail. He elected jail, so when the cops frisked him, they found $70 in his pocket.

Paintballing to Prevent Drunken Driving
OK, so here’s a novel use of your paintball gun. Kennewick, WA police responded to a call about a man shooting the windshield of a car. When they arrived, 41 year-old Shawn Wallace explained he was covering the windshield of his friend’s care to prevent him from driving drunk.

Muslims Can’t Talk on AirTran
Atif Irfan, an attorney and an American Citizen, and eight members of his family were removed from an AirTran flight out of Reagan Airport in D.C. (bound for Orlando) after someone overheard them discussing which seats on a plane were the safest. After interviews with the FBI, the family members were cleared, but AirTran refused to rebook them.