Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blissful Ignorance, Where Are You?

It's not just Muslims in Pakistan (and everywhere else) who are outraged.
So what can we say about this idiot pastor in Gainesville, Florida, who, in the name of Jesus, of course, is all set with members of his minuscule flock--the evangelical church has about fifty members, tops--to burn several copies of the Quran on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11? Saying anything would be redundant. Just review in your own mind all the reasons this plan to insult and enrage the entire Muslim world is bad. See, there's no need to spell them out. There's worldwide outrage and, the New York Times has the right word: scorn. So what more can we say to express our detestation for this sacrilege on American religious liberty than what everybody from President Obama to the screaming demonstrators in the streets have already said? What a wonderful sign this is to the entire world of the kind of empty-headed, mean-spirited haters that populate this land of the free.

Think about how insulated and isolated we were from the world's innumerable crackpots, chalratans, fools, and idiots before the dawn of 24-hour television news. I seriously wonder sometimes how much of an advance this was for civilization. There's a lot to be said for blissful ignorance, which is what we had before any imbecile could create "news" by simply being an imbecile.

Update I: The idiot pastor has decided to cancel his planned Saturday event, and get this, he is going to fly to New York meet with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the group that's attempting to build an Islamic Center a couple of blocks from Ground Zero. He reportedly is going to move the site of the  Center somewhere else in Manhattan because of the un-American outrage that's been raised by millions of Americans over the location of the Center. This is not confirmed yet, but it smells like a quid pro quo, with Islam the losers, and Americans looking like the idiots so many of them are.
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