A nutcase preacher in Gainesville, Florida, the dogfood capital of the world, makes an insane statement, and all the news sources go just as crazy. If they hadn’t pumped the story up into international exposure, the whole ruckus would have been totally ignored. The Rev. Terry Jones is head of the Dove World Outreach Center, or DWOC. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to call his gang the Dove Outreach Preachers Encouraging Stupidity, or DOPES.
Terry and his flock were planning to burn a bunch of Quran prayer books. Actually, you can’t blame Terry and his heavenly host for being sore as hell at Muslims. Those guys with the beards and funny head wraps are very serious about trying to convert or kill everyone in the world who doesn’t bend over for prayers toward Mecca everyday. Appropriately or not, the Gainesville preacher was determined to do his Quran burning ceremony on the 9th anniversary of when a bunch of Muslim fanatics murdered more than 3,000 Americans, just so each could go frolic with 32 virgins in whatever afterlife they were promised. And since then, the terrorists have murdered another 3,000 American GIs, and continue to kill, maim and burn American flags to show their mindless hate in every possible way. On another sour note, this book burning plan in Gainesville brings up unhappy memories of the Nazi hordes in Germany burning books just before they started World War II.
However strongly we feel about this burning, there’s a strong reason why it is a very bad idea. The American commander in the Middle East, General Petraeus, when hearing about the mad preacher’s plan, gave the only logical reason why the Quran burning should not happen. He didn’t bring up the argument that we’re civilized and those guys aren’t, although some would argue that as a good reason as any to hate them for theirbrutality.
The general said all religious Muslims would see the act as terrible sacrilege, as Christians would resent a hate-filled mob burning Bibles. He said the incident could result in the most violent among them to take their murderous and/or suicidal revenge. And they would do it on those Americans closest to them, our GIs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops have enough responsibilities in those dangerous areas without being placed in unnecessary danger by a very stupidly-planned Gainesville bonfire.
That reason, if for no other, should have made the Gainesville preacher and his followers pause and reflect before their actions caused more harm than good.