Andy Warhol was right when he said “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” How cool is that? Are you ready? I am always wearing clean shorts just in case. This week a “pastor” from Florida usurped yet again my desire to be famous. Damn him. I am worthier than he is. I know people, well maybe not the right people, but people none the less. Terry Jones (no not THAT Terry Jones, the other one with the civil war mustache) likes to burn things, like books, like holy books. Of course it isn’t his holy books, it’s their holy books. He says that their holy book doesn’t say enough about Jesus the Christ being the only way to heaven. (Just as an aside, since Jesus was a Jew, shouldn’t Christians be Jews? After all he didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it…so it would still be Jewish Law…but I digress). Getting back to burning stuff, Jones feels he is righteous and speaking for all of Christianity by burning the scriptures of another ancient faith. Even though he was run out of Germany and his following is in the Fred Phelps-ian 50 member range he has said the burning would be a way to stand up to terrorism. And I and the rest of the real world media is giving him digital ink…shame on me and them! The first amendment rocks. It’s of no matter that this particular exercise in the area of “free speech” probably isn’t a swift idea after his plan has drawn widespread international condemnation.
- Interpol has issued a global alert, warning the burning could provoke “violent attacks on innocent people”.
- The US State Department has advised American citizens abroad to be on the alert for possible attacks and to avoid areas where demonstrations might take place.
Or in what president Obama said on the TV this morning:
“Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities,” he said. (I think some of the Republican naysayers would finally agree with something Obama has said for a change).
No matter that peaceful people have tried to intervene:
“We came to have a peaceful conversation with the pastor, to hear his grievance, to ask him to follow his own Scripture about his enemies. His Scripture teaches him to love his enemies.”
– Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, after meeting with preacher Terry Jones, whose church is planning to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday. (Source: USA Today)
I guess the real reason this has been stretching out so long is that Mr Jones had told USA Today he could potentially cancel his plans if officials spoke to him directly. Wow, and I thought it was God who was directing him. Pastor Jones, how so very common of you! But I do have to admit that that’s ballsy. Go on Mr Jones with your book burning and although the government cannot silence your words or your symbolic action, maybe the good people of Gainesville will hire a helicopter or even two, loaded with gallons of water to dump on your bonfire…or the fire department use their water cannon to shoot from the street to put out the fire. Now that would be 15 minutes of fame (minus the “l”)…YouTubers of the World Unite!
and so it flames….