Dear Rev. Jones: Please stop being a moron

The title belies the seriousness of Gainesville, Florida Rev. Terry Jones’ plan to burn the Quran on September 11th.

INTERPOL, the FBI, the Vatican, President Obama, and General Petraeus (just to name a few) have all come out in total opposition to the Dove “World Outreach” Center’s proposed ceremony, and for a multitude of reasons (domestic hate-crimes, violence abroad, increased threats to American troops, etc …). Those who intend to participate should take heed. Though, since people with such extreme viewpoints typically aren’t concerned with life here on Earth because their treasure is in heaven, no amount of reasoning, cajoling, or even threatening, is likely to dissaude them. It is truly unfortunate …

Switching gears for a moment, an interesting point is raised by Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, regarding the role of the media in sensationalizing this stunt:

[Awad] said he thought the media has paid too much attention to Jones and his “insignificant act. … That’s what he wants,” Awad said. “… I’m really concerned about the priorities, sometimes, of our coverage.”

Regardless of whether or not the book burning itself is just an “insignificant act,” it has become of great symbolic consequence. I applaud all those who intend to protest this display of bigotry. Hopefully the media will be equally frenzied in portraying that side of the story.

And to those who still plan on publicly burning holy books, as well as their sympathizers, do the rest of the world a favor and jump in the fire, too. You’re only going to cause more suffering in an already manic world. Some of us still have to live here, and we want to do so peacably.

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