By now everyone has heard of the planned burning Koran or Quran, or however you prefer to spell it, in Florida this weekend. If you haven't heard of it, please give me directions to the rock you so blissfully live under so I can join you. Now, I believe in freedom of religion and freedom of speech and all that good stuff, and the man leading this event certainly possesses those freedoms, but I'm thinking it's a bad idea to exercise his 1st amendment rights in this manner.
1st of all, a book burning? What is it 1953? Who burns books anymore? Who BUYS books anymore? Maybe we should together later and burns some bras just for the hell of it. Because apparently it's National Useless Acts of Protest Week.
2nd of all, if you want to believe that all Muslims are extremist who believe in the demise of America, it is your right to do so. You're wrong, but that's your right. But what this man, and I use that term lightly, doesn't see is that he is doing so much more harm than good. He is putting his fellow Americans who are oversees in jeopardy. He is teaching so much hate that I'm half expecting those whack-jobs from the Westboro Baptist Church to show up and join in. And he is going to seriously piss off the terrorists. I'm not saying we should pussy-foot around and not piss off those horrible people, but this is just asking for another attack. And for what? What exactly does he expect to accomplish?
I understand that this man and his church are angry. Every American should be angry. There are extremists who burn the Bible and the American flag, and they film for us to see. They are trying to piss us off, and by reacting in this way we are only offering them vindication; a reason to inflict their rage on our country once again. Sometimes you just can't fight fire with, um, well, fire. The war on terror has been a constant battle for the last 9 years, and this will be a step back. What is most unfortunate is that most people in this country understand the difference between Muslims and terrorists, much like we understand the difference between Christians and this Florida guy or the Westboro Baptist Church, but the people this message is aimed at aren't going to see that. They are going to hate every American equally as though we all supported this non-sense. Clearly we do not all support this. This public display of insanity is going to hurt the morale of this already torn country. Thanks a fucking lot dude down in Florida. Way to be a team player.
Oh, and by the way, several news outlets keep pointing out that Angelina Jolie has publicly denounced this whole thing (as if that was some sort of shock). Quite frankly, that doesn't make me any more inclined to denounce it as well. In fact, if I didn't think it was such a colossal mistake, I'd probably support it just to smite Angelina Jolie. But I'll save my smite for a different topic on a different day.