Thursday September 09th 2010, 1:54 pm
Filed under: Politics

So this guy  calls himself a pastor.  He’s broke and on the verge of losing his property.  So he comes up with a way to scare up major notoriety and grab attention from all over the world and to get his hands in the pockets of people who are creeps like himself.

He’s not quite Westboro yet, but he’s definitely working on it.

I have this deeply-felt wish: that the good people of Florida go to where Jones plans to hold his Koran burning on 9/11.  That they race to protect those Korans from the flames unharmed as we want to be able to practice our own religions–or lack thereof–unharmed.  That they manifest the honor of our country, our cherished belief in religious freedom, and our goodwill towards our fellow men. Everywhere.

(Ed. to add: Half an hour after I posted this, the Washington Post published a report that Jones has agreed to cancel his bookburning.  He is now painting himself as a good person urging others not to burn Korans.  I think we have a new definition of chutzpah.)

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You see clearly, my friend.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 09.09.10 @ 2:40 pm

Well, he sure got himself in the news. I cringed everytime he was given air time.

Comment by Joansie 09.09.10 @ 2:46 pm

A little church by the side of the road, less than 50 parishioners and able to draw this much attention. Some people will do anything to get their 15 minutes of fame, I guess.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 09.09.10 @ 4:26 pm

So depressing! Every time I thought about this, I thought about all the lives he was risking with his misguided sense of the First Amendment and big ego. Now that he’s withdrawn his plans, let’s just go back to ignoring him!

Comment by Sue 09.09.10 @ 4:49 pm

Yes, I think someone needs attention…

Comment by knittygirl 09.09.10 @ 8:11 pm

It really bothers me that some people think being a Christian means being right and having the only way into the Kingdom of God! Tolerance just isn’t a word in their vocabulary. Can we say “Judgemental”?

Comment by Jody 09.10.10 @ 5:24 am

I think you nailed it – everytime I heard news of this, the word “narcissist” entered my mind unbidden. But then I think this is the unintended, I hope, consequence of those who have used much more consistent national stages to monger hate for political or financial gain.

Comment by twinsetellen 09.10.10 @ 5:43 am

I agree with you — some portion of our population seems to have sunk to the low level of everything we say we abhor — I think we should assign him a very long book report on Fahrenheit 451

sometimes the hate and negativity is so depressing it makes me want to just crawl into a hole somewhere

Comment by Bev 09.10.10 @ 7:22 am

Revelation warns of bad churches and leaders who use the church for their own agendas. They come along in every age, just about in every town. I’m just glad he came to his senses and I trust he enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame.

Comment by Channon 09.10.10 @ 7:44 am

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Comment by RobinM 09.10.10 @ 6:46 pm

I really wish the media would start giving this individual the attention he deserves-none. The only reason he does this is to get media attention. Sort of like a spoiled child who acts out cause negative attention is better than no attention.

Comment by Carol 09.11.10 @ 3:58 pm

Did you see this related story?

A copycat church in Amarillo, Texas tried to stage a copycat burning. The local UU church mobilized by phone and Facebook and drew a crowd of about 200 to protest. Then a shirtless skateboarder snuck up from behind and grabbed the kerosene-soaked Koran right off the grill where it was about to be burned. Watch the video, it’s awesome!

Comment by Virginia 09.13.10 @ 9:41 pm

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