Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dangerous Sudden Fame

It is said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. How unlikely is it that some kook in Gainesville, FL named Pastor Terry Jones is getting his 15 minutes of fame... his moment in the sun... possibly at the expense of many American lives, military and civilian.

Pastor Jones of Dove World Outreach Center said today that his plan to burn copies of the Quran will go forward despite mounting pressure opposing the event. "As you can imagine, we have received very, very much pressure in the direction of canceling the event. As of this time, we have no intention of canceling," Jones said at a short news conference this afternoon.

Among the comments condemning the event was a statement from Gen. David Petraeus, who said the burning of the Quran would endanger the lives of U.S. troops overseas. Jones said he disagreed with that opinion. How would he know? He's probably never been in the military and never been too far from Gainesville, FL. A trip to Tampa was going abroad for him!

Jones said, "We have also received quite a bit of support. (From other nuts!) We understand the General's concerns, and we are still considering it. But, yesterday, we got a phone call from a retired special-forces Green Beret. It was his opinion that the people on the field are 100% behind us." (This is either a lie or he was talking to another fanatic, who should be removed from his uniform and position.)

"Our burning of the Quran is to call attention to something wrong. It is possibly time for us in a new way… to stand up. So, as of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. So, on September 11th, we shall continue with our planned event," Jones said.

International attention remains focused on this small church tucked between pastures and sub-divisions in the north part of Gainesville. Jones is still set on burning copies of Islam's holy book this Saturday, to coincide with the nine-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks. With world leaders condemning his actions and more than 100 death threats directed at him and his church, the pastor has decided to carry a .40 caliber pistol for protection. He may need it!

As was expected, there was silence from Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter yesterday. These "Super Patriots" obviously have no qualms about the possible endangerment of American servicemen/women and civilian personnel abroad. By being silent, they are by default condoning it.

This idiot pastor is not going to achieve anything by doing this and nothing positive is going to come from this situation. However, he will have his moment in the sun... his damn 15 minutes of fame or infamy, depending on your politics and degree of common sense.

This is not Christianity... this is hate. Make no mistake about it. What those 19 terrorists did to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was not Islam either... that was hate too! It just goes to show that their are nuts and lunatics in every religion, just as in other walks of life. What is scary is when they cost other people their lives!


Arlene said...

Kieth, I agree that this is an attempt for publicity for Pastor Jones and his denonimation. With less than 50 members, this fellowship could use an influx of people. But what would the people be joining? If this church is the "house of God," then what is God promoting? the destruction of His creation? the death of man? We must discern the source of this message. That is Terry Jones's thinking, not God's.
In many ways, this is the same kind of question as whether or not a mosque should be built at ground-zero. Scripture tells us NOT to hold offenses against each other. Christ died for all our sins and the Holy Spirit is working in the hearts of man to reconcile us to God. Let's try to forgive as we seek to be forgiven. And let's be still and wait on the Lord!!

Solomon said...

So there are nut jobs pushing their hater agenda using every imaginable excuse to justify their actions.

It would actually be funny if the actions taken by these different extremists weren't used to add fuel to other extremists propaganda machine.

They all point fingers at each other and then do some of the most unimaginable things to try and make a point and of course get lots of peoples attention.

As with all the different extremist groups no matter what they claim to be defending they are all the same. They believe their way is the only way and they will do anything to draw attention to their cause.

Basically there are many sick misguided people in the world and that isn't ever going to change. So I'm going to 2nd what Arlene said and seek to understand and forgive as we are also forgiven.


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