Monday, January 17, 2011

The amusingly inane return of the “Burn a Koran Day” pastor

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Pastor Terry Jones
Pastor Terry Jones

I almost regret writing about this out of concern for not further polluting the airwaves (net-waves?) about this lunatic, but the news that the Rev. Terry Jones, the preacher who promised to hold “Burn a Koran Day” last September 11 before mercifully standing down only two days before the event, is once again launching his application for world’s most flamboyant Islamophobic wackjob is simply too amusing not to mention:

The Rev. Terry Jones, who made an international name for himself last year when he announced he was going to burn the Quran at his Gainesville church, now is staging an "International Judge the Quran Day."

"Yes, we're going to do it," Jones said on a YouTube address announcing the event. "We have decided to do it on March 20 starting at 6 p.m. It's your opportunity, all you so-called peaceful Muslims. On that day the Quran will be put on trial.

"We are accusing the Quran of murder, rape, deception," he said, "and being responsible for terrorist activities all over the world."

Basically, it's a trial, he told a Tampa Bay audience on WFLA-AM 970 this morning. Judgment day will take place on the grounds of his church, the Dove World Outreach Center.


He said a jury of about 30 people, made up of Christians and Muslims, will decide.

"If found guilty," he said, "there are four forms of punishment: burning, drowning, shredding or firing squad."

This is one of those cases where the irony seems to double down on itself, becoming supermassive and quite possibly forming a new black hole. Of course, if he’s going to be consistent with this logic, then I expect to see a timely follow-up to this event with an “International Judge a Bible Day” where the Word of (Christian) God will also be put on trial for the crimes of murder, rape, deception and inspiring terroristic acts – you know, just like with the Koran, only specifically towards gays, unwed women, humanity in general and abortion doctors, respectively. This follow-up trial could take place maybe a few days after the sentencing of the accused Quran, and I fully expect him to denounce the Old & New Testaments with every bit of vitriol he spews onto Islam’s holy book.

Because, of course, to reserve his outrage solely for the Quran whilst ignoring his beloved Bible’s own atrocities would just be hypocritical and dishonest, right?

As I’ve noted before, to say that people like him never learn is an insult to folks with learning disabilities.