Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Florida Fascists Burn Korans for Jesus!

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist


In some of the more Christian Fundamentalist corners of our country, the wars in the Middle East have one purpose, and one purpose only:  the defeat of Islam.  The religious fervor of these lunatics knows no bounds.   They see the American government and the American military as integral components in the army of God, the Christian God.  For them the concept of separation of Church and State was a misunderstanding of the intent of America's founding fathers, a misunderstanding that has been carried on and amplified by liberals and other opponents of Christian decency.

The God of these fundamentalist crazies is definitely old school and Old Testament.  None of that peace and love crap.  Their God rules with the sword and smites with a vengeance.   And their God is a cleanser, a God who is out to rid the world of people who don't believe in His Holy Whiteness.  The number one target on their God's hit list is the world's Muslims - followers of Muhammed - Islamists.  And any one with the middle name of Hussein, and who is black, has most certainly got to be a Muslim - and could not possibly have been born in America!

Hey, I said they were lunatics!

It used to be that the dove was the symbol of peace.  Of course, it also used to be that Christ was synonymous with peace.  But times change.

The Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, under the leadership of a holy warrior names Terry Jones, is anything but peaceful.  They are the group of whack jobs who are trying to gain some free publicity by burning Korans (the Muslim holy scripture) on September 11th.

Yup.  Book burning.  Religious book burning.  Can it get more American than that?

General David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told the Wall Street Journal that this Christian fundamentalist stunt in Florida could have deadly consequences for our troops on the ground in the Middle East.  America is not the only country with religious crazies - they exist in Iraq and Afghanistan as well.  Petraeus fears, with good reason, that this scary act of religious intolerance will stir rage in the Middle East, rage that could be unleashed on our troops.

Petraeus, of course, is right.  If some crazy Afghanis or Iraqis called in the press to watch them burn a pile of Bibles, there would be serious talk on the streets of America and in Congress about using the nuclear option.  Nobody messes with our God!   But if its their God...well, that's a different story!

Meanwhile, in New York City and other locations around the United States, people are having fits about the construction of religious houses of worship and religious community centers - places referred to, with much teeth-gnashing, as mosques.   Baptists can throw up a building anywhere they damned well please, for any reason, because they are supporting our God - the God of the Christian United States of America, but Muslims aren't worthy of that same right.  Is that what we want our kids to hear?  Is that the message that we want to give Muslim youth - that they are unworthy of the same religious freedom that America was supposedly founded upon?

This national paranoia regarding Muslims is certainly fed by the religious right in America.   Those good old white boys with the big brass collection plates make good money off of fear - always have and always will.   If they can whip up a bogeyman - communists, blacks, women, Muslims, gays, etc - they can drag in some serious coinage..

Burning a few Korans will undoubtedly be good for Dove Outreach's bank account - and if it brings about a true holy war in the process - well, that's just gravy!

1 comment:

J. J. said...

You hit the nail right on the head! I moved from the L.A. area to Seminole County FL, thinking things could be easier in FL., boy was I wrong! If I thought that there was Hispanic and or minority stereotyping in California, in FL they make and art of it. Every day that passes I realize that no mater where you go, there will always be those right wing extremists that use prejudice either because their jealous, mad, have a superiority complex, and inferiority complex, etc, etc. But they will find an excuse to blame people that don't look like them, or have a non Anglo-Saxon name, or just for not thinking as they do.

The worst that has happened in this country is that people aloud a fascist lunatic to screw the system for eight years from the inside out. And just because he said the things that people wanted to hear, they aloud him to kill people in the U.S. and around the world with impunity. And to top it all off, him and his friends that were just as traitors as he was, retired from their government positions with a healthy life time salary.

The only question is, since this criminals got away with what they did, can other right wing extremists perpetrate the same type of deceit in this country in order to commit their crimes? Since Bush and his mob friend are free and enjoying the fruit of their evil deeds, it can surely happen again, just because the proof is there, that if you are powerful and have powerful friends without conscience, you can profit from crimes and laugh at the constitution.