Thursday, September 09, 2010

How is it...

...that the pastor of a church in rural North Central Florida, with a congregation of less than fifty people, can somehow have the power to bring an entire nation and its leadership to fits of mass hysteria over nothing more than burning a book?

Now if only we could get these folks same undivided attention on more important matters?

The way I see it, it's a book, like any other book, like the Bible or the Encyclopedia Brittanica or Black Beauty. It's words on pages between covers.  The meaning behind those words is what's most important and if you believe the words, it means they're in your heart and nobody can ever take that away. Book burning of any kind sucks but it's just a book. I can't believe that an idiot burning a book in rural north central Florida had this kind of power over this nation. One part of me is disgusted, the other part is laughing. I pity the fool!

Sure, Terry Jones and his congregation of sheeple are idiots.  But the bigger idiots here are the press. This is what happens on a slow news day. If it weren't for the media's desperation for a story, few people would know or care about this issue. There would be no issue. It would be just another Saturday with some fool whackjob burning a book. How is that news? It's not. Does anyone really care what Terry Jones and his sheeple think?  Hell, certainly there are people out there more deserving of our attention, no?

Is this whole media-hype thing surprising? No. I mean damn, it's the same press that touts Lindsey Lohan's release from jail and Paris Hilton's arrest for cocaine possession as "Breaking News".



  1. Anonymous9/10/2010

    Hit it right on nail!! Henry

  2. Jess, it may be just a book, but it's what it represents that's important. If it were the New Testament, or the Five Books of Moses, it would be just as much of a slap in the face to those who believe in it.

  3. I agree at the ridiculousness of it all, but this book is a SYMBOL, a very complicated one, that represents various ideals... the burning of it is a huge middle finger to Islam and the majority of the Middle East, and it's sad that a church extremist is burning a book that has many parallels to the Bible. But, of course, he's too ignorant to think that the Quran is anything BUT the work of the "Devil"... you can't do much to change these people's minds... very frustrating

  4. Anonymous9/17/2010

    Jones is an idiot, but I completely agree with your assessment of our media. This should never have become an international incident. The media just loves to jump on anything inflammatory, and they are responsible for making this into the circus it became. This kind of journalism used to be reserved for the tabloids. ~RQ