Friday, September 10, 2010

Five Things to Remember as You Watch This Video

Five things to remember as you watch this video:

1) At this point, I honestly have no idea if the Rev. Terry Jones' Koran-burning protest for tomorrow has been cancelled, is on hold, will happen unless he can meet with the Park51 organizers, or will happen anyway. Or if the Rev. Fred Phelps will go ahead with his own bonfire of piety if the Rev. Jones bows out. Or if this pastor in Tennessee will go ahead with his hearth of heathenness whether or not the Rev. Jones and/or the Rev. Phelps do it too or hang it all up and go home.

2) Sarah Palin has this one absolutely right:

Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
3) As a Christian myself, I try never to judge the state of another Christian's relationship with God. But Rev. Jones and his P.T. Barnum moment of Koran-burning attention-whoring, and Rev. Phelps using the funerals of fallen soldiers to rage at grieving families that God is punishing this country for homosexuality, make me understand what a truly awful Christian I really am, because I judge their relationships with God in the harshest (and most expletive-laden) manner possible.

4) John Hinderaker also has it absolutely right:
The amount of pressure that was brought to bear on Jones and his parishioners (I assume he has some) was remarkable. President Obama made a personal appeal; virtually every political leader in both parties begged Jones not to burn the Korans; religious leaders unanimously denounced Jones's plan; and he was visited by the FBI. The result, I suppose, is a good one, but it is hard to feel positive about any aspect of this story. We now have firmly established the principle that you can kick Bibles and other scriptures around all you want, but no one in the world can act disrespectfully toward a Koran. It is, perhaps, a watershed moment.
5) If, weeks and months ago, even a fraction of the effort to persuade the Rev. Terry Jones from burning the Koran had been used to persuade Imam Rauf and the Park51 developers to locate their $100 million, multistory mosque complex a bit farther away from Ground Zero, we would all be in a much better place today.

Now, enjoy the fun. Because as far as I'm concerned, this is one case where the two religious "leaders" in question deserve every bit of skewering they get.

(WARNING: Given the initial image below, do you really need a warning? But just in case, the following video contains foul language, foul gestures, foul images, and really just about every other bit of well-deserved offensiveness that you can possibly imagine.)

(H/T: Video via the always readable Sonicfrog)