UPDATE Friday 3:42 pm: This is How the Media Embarrass Themselves
UPDATE Thursday early am: President Obama himself “as commander in chief” says the pastor needs to understand that this “stunt” could “greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform” and “it’s a recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda.”
UPDATE Wednesday 8 pm:
Deputy Chief Tim Hayes of the Gainesville Fire Dept., however, said that his department’s denial was not related to the content of the books but on a city ordinance which prohibits the burning of “newspaper, corrugated cardboard, container board or office paper, which are akin to books.”
No doubt, attendees from the Sarah Palin/Dr. Laura School of Law would regard it as an infringement of the Dove Outreach Center’s First Amendment rights, should a group of concerned citizens peacefully surround these book burners, whom Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe describes as a “tiny fringe group and an embarrassment to our community,” holding up signs which quote [Heinrich] Heine’s “Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people.”
UPDATE Wednesday 2:07 pm: He’s going forward. City of Gainesville says all yard book-burning is banned because the ink is toxic when burning and releases into the atmosphere. How poetic!
UPDATE Wednesday at 1:58 pm: TV news conference coming up, in which Pastor Jones reportedly “might” announce God has told him to back off the holy book-burning, waiting to see now, which is no doubt what he wants . . .
UPDATE Wednesday: Mrs C. has some thoughts on hate speech cloaked with religion Christian or Muslim, American or not: Burning the Koran
My hometown in Gainesville FL — one religious tax-dodging nut-job
there, to be more accurate — has ignited a state department-level
international incident! Seriously, thousands rioting in the streets
against America, or at least against what’s wrong with our right and its
abuse of our rights.
See full news below. Read it and weep.
But first a little background: last year at back-to-school time, Snook was blogging about school dress codes and uniforms, etc. I compared it all to my unschooled children’s freedom to dress as they pleased, thinking about and discussing the god-and-government control memes behind such clothing issues.
One of the stories I riffed about was from my hometown, in the school
system where I worked as an administrator and literally wrote the policy manual for everything, including dress as speech and conduct. Remember those t-shirts that screamed, “ISLAM IS OF THE DEVIL” in the first discussion?
And then came the anti-Muslim “Ground Zero Mosque” issue as a way to inflame the conservative base while driving the election narrative away from any accomplishments and offerings their opponents would prefer to be debating:
And now — well, whether you are a believer or not, you won’t believe this.
U.S. Quran Burning Sparks Indonesia Protests Outside American Embassy
First Posted: 09- 4-10 10:44 PM
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied
outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday to denounce an American church’s plan to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by burning copies of the Quran.
The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, said it will
burn the Islamic holy book Wednesday, the ninth anniversary of the
terror attacks. Local officials have denied a permit for the bonfire on
the church’s grounds, but the center – which made headlines last year by distributing T-shirts that said “Islam is of the Devil” – insists it
will go ahead with the plan.
About 3,000 members of a hard-line Islamic group marched to the U.S.
Embassy in downtown Jakarta waving banners and posters condemning the plan. The group organized similar rallies in five other cities across
Indonesia, the world’ largest Muslim nation.
Religious leaders in Indonesia have condemned the plan and called on the U.S. government to use its influence to get the fire canceled.