“It tells me, that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try *reading* books instead of *burning* them!”

– Professor Henry Jones as played by Sean Connery

Let me say first, that I completely understand that Rev. Terry Jones and his ilk have the right to burn copies of the Quran, just like the Muslim group in New York has the right to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero.

It doesn’t make either a good idea.

I know I battled with a few on here over the Ground Zero issue, but the fact remains they have the right to do it, regardless of the poor judgment in even proposing it. I personally don’t care, but the fact of the matter is, it rubs a lot of people the wrong way, and I guess I get that.

But Rev. Jones apparently doesn’t get it. When just about everyone, everywhere is telling you something is a bad idea, chances are maybe you should rethink some things. But I don’t believe “thinking” is a strong suit for this guy, man of the cloth or not. Even a church he once founded, which kicked him out a couple of years ago, has sounded off against the idea.

One of the most respected military figures of the last 10 years, Gen. David Petraeus, is on the record with his opinion that this act will endanger the lives of American soldiers. If nothing else, this, above all, should be the reason not to do it.

Let it go Rev. Jones. Let it go.

Comments

  • WilliamK

    My wife is a minister of a 100 person church and has issues getting the next bake sale in the local paper. This nut with less than 50 gets world wide attention. This would be such a non-issue if the press just laughed at him and just ignored him from day one.

    epic fail.

  • Gary Russell

    Also…”let it go, MEDIA, let it go”.

    If the media had ignored this kook, it wouldn’t be a big deal. They are also to be blamed.
    Can’t we ever just IGNORE morons?

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Gary – for a guy I thought I’d never agree with, we have been dead even far to many times for safety!

      My liberal wife and I both said the same thing last night, as every time we turned the TV channel to something with news, all we heard was this issue!

      • Gary Russell

        To misqoute Forrest Gump…”Me & you’s like peas and carrots!”

  • AWB

    I love the Sean Connery quote, David! And on a more serious note, I completely agree. People like Jones have a right to be idiots, but his plan is completely inappropriate and inflammatory and I certainly hope he listens to someone before doing something from which no possible good can come.

  • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

    There is a certain segment of the Muslim world which seems to have its dial permanently pegged at the “enraged” setting. These people riot at the very thought of an infidel American even touching the sacred Koran. Burning said book might cause them to spontaneously combust – every pun intended.

    Having said that, I’m going to have to grudgingly agree with Kaiser. This book burning “pastor” is a nut. There are better ways to make whatever point he’s trying to make. Burning a book he can’t even read shows not only his ignorance but also his dangerous naivete.

  • http://www.wildfiretreasures.com/ Troy La Mana

    The one thing that upsets me is that, in one aspect, the muslims have won. This nation is walking on eggshells trying not to offend their religion. It is all part of their tactics to overtake what ever area they are trying to conquer, like Europe. Forget their sensibilities and understand we are at war, and not just in the Middle East. This country is fighting for its very soul with enemies closing in on all sides.

  • Whodat

    One yahoo has found a way to get his 15 minutes in his otherwise hopeless, backwater life. He gives the term “redneck” a bad name, not to mention, the labela, “Christian” and “preacher”.

    He reminds us that all the selfish, self-righteous kooks are muslims. His efforts will give a credibility to people and things that do not deserve it.

    And his efforts could get people killed. Good people. Those ghosts will haunt him perhaps forever…

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Did you mean to put a “not” in that second paragraph somewhere Whodat?

      • Whodat

        Absolutely! Was working on the revision when you wrote. Sorry for the slip! I sure do not want to add any fuel to THAT fire, so to speak…

    • Whodat

      Oooops! Revision, please: Para 2 above:

      He reminds us that NOT all the selfish, self-righteous kooks are muslims.

  • http://twitter.com/theatomicmom East of Eden

    I had a converstation about this with a friend. He was ok with it becuase of the First Amend. Good point, however, I take exception with the fact that Mr Jones, claims to have a church based on the teachings of the New Testament and Jesus Christ. As a Christian I think that holds him (and all of us who are) to a higher standard than the First Amendment. Turn the other cheek, pray for our enemies are things I guess they’re not teaching at Dove World Outreach these days. I’m just not sure what this Jones guy is trying to accomplish with this book burning. It is a bad idea all around, not to mention embarassing.

  • dw

    What I find interesting is the argument against the burning is that it would incite “terror groups” into reacting – a valid concern. And, that this burning was an attack on the entire muslim community, not terrorists.

    However, what I am reading now is that the more broad muslim community outside the US is threatening the US the same way terror groups are threatening.

    So, while I disagree with the burning, it is his right to do so. And in that process, he has basically brought out that it is not just terror groups that threaten the US. It is a more broad segment of the muslim community.

    Yet, I have not read anyone denounce the protests or threats against the ENTIRE USA, because of the actions of the very small group, who do not represent the entire USA.