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Being a more than a bit of a First Amendment absolutist is kind of a hard burden to bear. It means that you have to stand up for some of the worst people in the country and their right to say any damned fool and hurtful thing they want to. The Phelps family of Westboro Baptist Church are a great example of when believing that your right to speak out really rubs one raw.

It is too bad that there will always be copycats who have to one up the lunacy. Which is where the despicable and mustached bit of scum known as Terry Jones comes in; if that name sounds a little familiar it because Jones was the World, no excuse me, Galaxy class asshole who was going to torch a pile of Qur’an’s on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

He had his fifteen minutes of fame, all of which was tied up with the morons who were (and still are) trying to prevent the building of the Park51 Islamic Community Center. He was talked down by some folks from the Muslim Community.

It got him a lot of attention including a comment from Right wing favorite Gen. David Petraeus, who weighed in saying it would be detrimental to our effort in Afghanistan, and that this “Pastor” should not do it.

Well it seems that the taste of fame was too much to resist for a poor excuse for a god botherer. Pastor Jones actually held a trail for the Qu’ran and found it guilty of “crimes against humanity” for terrorism, rape and murder. Who knew an inanimate object could get its act together to do all of that?

He then put up several punishments on line so people could vote. There was shredding, drowning, burning and facing a firing squad. Being old fashioned his voters chose to burn the Qu’ran, they must have also thought it was a witch.

You know it is not often that I agree with Gen. Petraeus, but this is one of those times, this was never going to help an occupying army that is combating an insurgency for over a decade. And you know what? He was right.

Today, after Friday prayers three Afghan Imam’s preached against the burning of their holy book and their followers went and took it out on the United Nations mission in Kabul. Seven foreigners were killed at the UN compound.

It is unfortunate that Afghan Imam’s took the step of firing up their people and worse that the people there killed UN staffers. But let’s flip this around. What if someone in held a trial for King James Bible and they then desecrated it? What do you think the reaction in this country would be? Do you think that Evangelicals would be up in arms? Might they in fact go and attack folks of that group?

To me this is all ridiculous; I am not a believer in deities so it is hard to get spun up about this stuff. At the same time, I think there is real problem for any small minority to be singled out in our nation. This vilification of a religion for that acts of a few of its members is unacceptable.

Should we believer that all Christians are intolerant assholes because of the Phelps family and Terry Jones? Sure they have a protected right to be some of the worst dicks in the galaxy, and there is not a lot we can do about it, but is it correct to paint all of their co-religionists with the same brush? That is what they do and it is only our forbearance and the fact that Christians are the majority in this nation that keeps it from happening.

Terry Jones is a bigoted, intolerant fool who now in a very real sense has some blood on his hands. He did not have to go out of his way to antagonize Muslims. He was warned of what might happen and yet he went ahead in order grasp a little bit of fame. Well all he has earned is infamy.

All that I can hope is that many other of his co-religionists will use their free speech rights to tell him exactly how fatally moronic his actions are and disavow him totally.

What is on your minds tonight Firedogs? The floor is yours.

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Bill Egnor

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