If there’s one thing I despise about America, it’s the ability of a small minority here to whip up a national fervor. The Dove World Outreach Center in Florida has a congregation of only fifty members, yet its pastor’s decision to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has induced a reaction that’s been skilfully spread throughout the world.
Pastor Terry Jones is a sad, sad, man. He says he’s prayed long and hard about his decision to go ahead with the burning, and has apparently convinced himself his wild and dark thought processes are some sort of communication from his god.
Presumably, it’s down to the great American notion of ‘Freedom’ to do as one wishes, that inspires the US media to turn this half-baked, petty, and amazingly belated response to the attacks of 9/11, into a world-shattering event.
Truthfully, in any other country of the Western world, Pastor Jones would be equally entitled to do as he wishes. The difference is that, anywhere other than America, no bugger would take the slightest notice. He might make five lines in the local rag, but only after the event and if there were no dog or cat show hitting the headlines on the same day.
It’s time America learned to ignore its idiots. God knows, it has enough of them. If it’s not politics it’s religion, and if it’s not religion, it’s some crank trying to unload snake oil.
 “US church defiant despite condemnation of Koran burning” BBC, September 8th 2010
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