Maybe the most amusing development in the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” story is ‘Pubs plucking the sensitivity violin. Like Eye of Newt (“Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington”) Gingrich, thoughtfully tarring all Muslims as Nazis, and Mann (“I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much”) Coulter, about the 911 widows, whom she also labeled the “Witches of East Brunswick.” Evidently she was speaking as Head Bitch for the Sisterhood of the Adam’s Apple, a warm and fuzzy victims’ aid organization.
But we in Florida have our own splendid home-grown collection:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If building an Islamic center near ground zero amounts to the epitome of Muslim insensitivity, as critics of the project have claimed, what should the world make of Terry Jones, the evangelical pastor here who plans to memorialize the Sept. 11 attacks with a bonfire of Korans?
Mr. Jones, 58, a former hotel manager with a red face and a white handlebar mustache, argues that as an American Christian he has a right to burn Islam’s sacred book because “it’s full of lies.” And in another era, he might have been easily ignored, as he was last year when he posted a sign at his church declaring “Islam is of the devil.”
Mr. Jones said that nothing in particular had set him off. Asked about his knowledge of the Koran, he said plainly: “I have no experience with it whatsoever. I only know what the Bible says.”
Great way to show the world who we are and what we’re made of, Rev. What could be more Mom Apple Pie and Baseball American than a book burning? Particularly when the event is sponsored by a church? Why, dollars to donuts dozens of the Faithful will swear they see the face of Jesus in the bonfire smoke that curls to the heavens!
An aberration, you say? Just another chancel-prancing chucklehead who admits he knows not of what he speaks but brays it anyway? Well, maybe….but:
Nonetheless, his position and variations on his tactics have become more common, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Florida in particular has had a rise in anti-Islamic activity. In May, an arsonist set off a pipe bomb at a mosque in Jacksonville in what authorities called an act of domestic terrorism. A mosque and Islamic school south of Miami was vandalized twice last year, the first time with a spray of 51 bullets.
Aw, just boys wanna have fun. Interesting, though, that their style of fun is exactly what the folks our government refers to as “insurgents” and “terrorists” are doing daily overseas, for which American soldiers are losing lives and limbs. But this is Florida, where there is no “I” in “branes.” And so is this:
In March, for example, Allen West, a retired Army officer running for Congress in Broward County, told a group of supporters that “Islam is not a religion” but rather “a vicious enemy” that was “infiltrating” the United States.
Ron McNeil, a candidate for Congress in the Florida Panhandle, told a group of high school and middle school students last week that Islam’s plan “is to destroy our way of life.” He added: “It’s our place as Christians to stand up for the word of God and what the Bible says.”
These are those who would lead, set a moral example, and determine policy. They evidently don’t find the hatred in their personal Holy Book as troublesome as what they claim is found in others’, like the Koran (which Pastor Jones hasn’t even bothered to read). In fact, they proclaim it as binding and guiding and aw-shucks just swell. What voter could resist?
Man, it’s tough being a godless atheist these days, surrounded by all this piety.
(All quotations above from this story.)