Fascinating story breaking right now. The idiot Rev. Terry Jones in Gainesville, Florida, who was determined to conduct a public Koran burning on Saturday, has announced he’s calling it off because, he says, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in New York agreed to move his “mosque at Ground Zero” to another location.
I’m full of conflicting thoughts and emotions over this. The crazy pastor will think he’s won because the imam backed down. The imam will be seen as having yielded because of pressure from Christian crazies like the pastor. I’m happy if both issues are being resolved peacefully, but I’m angry about the media coverage of both stories, because neither the Koran burning nor the proposed Muslim cultural center would have made it to the world stage without all the media hype.
I hope this will be seen as a victory for moderation and tolerance, but I expect to see extremists on both sides trying to claim victories. I hope Muslim extremists won’t see it as a Christian victory they must avenge.
(John Lennon was right. “Imagine no religion.” Without religion, none of this drama would have happened in the first place.)
Stay tuned for more drama, more exaggeration, more hype, more claims of credit, more denials, more lies. So many players, so many cameras. It would be funny — if it weren’t so deadly serious.