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Florida Koran burning cancelled because God intervened in the Ground Zero Mosque project (or something like that)

The Hill is reporting:

Under immense pressure by political leaders on both sides of the spectrum, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., said in a press conference late Thursday afternoon that he would not hold his "International Burn a Koran Day" event.

He said he would travel to New York City on Saturday to meet with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim leader in charge of efforts to build the Islamic center, which included a mosque and had sparked intense political debate.

However, it is unclear whether Rauf intended to meet Jones. Reuters reported after the Jones press conference that sources close to Rauf said there was no plan to move the center.

... Jones said his church had been looking for signs from God as it tried to decide whether to go ahead with the book burning. The church would cancel the event, the pastor said, "if they were either willing to cancel the mosque at Ground Zero, or if they were willing to move it from that location -- we would consider that a sign from God."

"He has been in contact with the imam in New York City," Jones explained, apparently referring to God. "He has agreed to move the location."

Um ... yeah, whatever. I suppose that for some people, it's comforting to know that God has nothing better to do with his time.

And where does this leave the rest of us? Over a PowerLine, John Hinderaker notes:

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.

The establishment failed to issue a similar hue and cry when gay activists burned a Book of Mormon on the steps of a Denver church, in the wake of the 2008 California Proposition 8 referendum. And there's this now mostly-forgotten item, reported in The Washington Times on May 15, 2002:

BETHLEHEM, West Bank - The Palestinian gunmen holed up in the Church of the Nativity and later deported by Israel seized church stockpiles of food and "ate like greedy monsters" until the food ran out, while more than 150 civilians went hungry.

... Catholic priests said that some Bibles were torn up for toilet paper, and many valuable sacramental objects were removed.

"Palestinians took candelabra, icons and anything that looked like gold," said a Franciscan, the Rev. Nicholas Marquez from Mexico.

"We were told later that they gave them back."

The gunmen and civilians who emerged on Friday went through metal detectors, revealing no stolen objects. (emphasis added)

Again, no widespread condemnation from the Left, and curiously, no worldwide riots by Christians.

If Rev. Terry Jones were smarter (say like Andrew Breitbart or James O'Keefe) I would wonder if he was really calling attention to the apathy (or in some cases, outright disrespect) that our cultural elite shows toward Christianity, its elements and its symbols, in contrast to the eggshells that they tiptoe over with respect to the beliefs and symbols of other religions. It doesn't matter what Jones' intentions really were though. The hypocrisy of our cultural elite has been clearly exposed for all to see.

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UPDATE: (*groan*) Terry Jones "fame" is now at about 14:55 and counting, and he's running at light speed in order to stretch out that last 5 seconds as long as he can. I'll just post the link to the Hot Air roundup of latest developments; I'm through writing about this story -- "Koran-burning called off -- in exchange for moving Ground Zero mosque; UPDATE: No deal? UPDATE: Fred Phelps now planning to burn the Koran instead; UPDATE: We're not here to barter, says Rauf"


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Comments (18)

I want to put up a website ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I want to put up a website where I burn a Koran a day unless I get $500/day donated to my Paypal account.

Outrage at the injustice fr... (Below threshold)
zaugg:

Outrage at the injustice from Dane in 3,2,1....... What, he doesn't have a problem with burning the Bible or the book of Mormom?

...or the flag.... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

...or the flag.

Pastor Jones is just an att... (Below threshold)

Pastor Jones is just an attention whore. He had his 15 minutes of fame, managed to piss off a lot of people, accomplished nothing, and the mainstream media loved every minute of it.

The best part of this story... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

The best part of this story is that a US Flag was burned today in Afghanistan, to protest the burning of the koran.

http://www.topix.com/forum/world/afghanistan/T7TDU9OK06TV0NK0M

If they weren't such ignorant savages, they might be able to appreciate the irony. Perhaps Obama forgot to implore them to not burn the flag.

If the pastor actually has the balls to burn that book of drivel he has my vote for President.

Our whack job is whackier t... (Below threshold)

Our whack job is whackier than their whack job.

http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Appeasement is the islamo f... (Below threshold)
914:

Appeasement is the islamo favorite game of bull. You give an inch, they take a mile.


I hear that bible burnings ... (Below threshold)
the Dane of your Existence:

I hear that bible burnings are being planned in response to the Koran burning by Christians.

That would be bible burning... (Below threshold)
the Dane of your Existence:

That would be bible burnings by Americans in the U.S.

Oh, just burn the stupid th... (Below threshold)
Trump:

Oh, just burn the stupid things already. Let Islam learn to grow up like every other religion.

I find it interesting and s... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

I find it interesting and slightly humorous to see that the anti-war, atheist members of the country (especially those in the media and government) have suddenly become very concerned about the safety and well being of the military and their mission as well as religious freedom and tolerance in this country.

Don't put away the marshmal... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Don't put away the marshmallows just yet:

Burn The Confederate Flag Day

http://sites.google.com/site/burnrebelflagday/

Jones said his church ha... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Jones said his church had been looking for signs from God as it tried to decide whether to go ahead with the book burning.

There's a 40% chance of thunderstorms in Gainesville tomorrow.

When Obama made his remarks... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

When Obama made his remarks in regard to the GZ Mosque he clarified later saying he was speaking to the constitutional right to build it there, but would not speak to the "wisdom" of building it there.

So where are his remarks about this pastor's constitutional right to burn a Quran? Instead he's decided he MUST speak to the "wisdom" of burning it.

Frankly, this whole thing is stupid. This guy started getting more attention than he deserved about 2 seconds after he made his decision.

The asshat clown got to go ... (Below threshold)
Roy:

The asshat clown got to go on TV. Mission Accomplished.

Another attention monger tu... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

Another attention monger turns out to be a puss in disguise.

what the hell? they can bur... (Below threshold)
George Hale:

what the hell? they can burn flags and badmouth america and christianity but we can't respond with a burning. He's not an attention whore he is just stating the angry feelings that the majority of ammerica has at the moment. Build the damn mosque and burn the koran. freedom of speech. They can get over it we have to tolerate their BS, they can tolerate ours.

In the spirit of burning do... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

In the spirit of burning documents that you find contemptible, I hear the Obama Administration is planning on burning copy of the Constitution.




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