Will He, Or Won’t He? – Episode Three

Pastor Terry Jones says he’ll call off his Koran burning party on 9/11.

According to a BBC report, he made this statement:

This has been for us a very, very difficult, trying time. We have been in much thought and prayer over this whole period.

A lot of times we were asked what would it take for us to call this thing off. We have thought it over many times. We felt very convinced that we should do this.

We thought about what would have to happen for us to call our event off. As we prayed about that, in the past we did have one idea.

This idea we put out in prayer to God. That if he would want us to call this off, if we have accomplished our goal, then our thought was the American people do not as a whole want the mosque at the Ground Zero location.

That if they were willing to either cancel the mosque at the Ground Zero location, or if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that sign from God.

We have, or he has [indicating Iman Muhammad Musri, standing beside him], been in contact with the imam in New York City.

I, with the imam here, will be flying up there on Saturday to meet the imam at the Ground Zero mosque.

He has agreed to move the location. That of course cannot happen overnight. But he has agreed to move that.

We felt that that would be a sign that God would want us to do it.

The American people do not want the mosque there. And of course Muslims do not want us to burn the Koran.

The imam has agreed to move the mosque. We have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday. And on Saturday I will be flying up there to meet with him.”

So Pastor Jones is flying to New York to meet Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the proposed mosque and community center two blocks from Ground Zero. I wonder how he’ll explain this to the imam:

Or this:

It would seem Pastor Jones’s god is both a blackmailer and a gangster. “Move de mosque, punk, or we burn de books.”

Pastor Jones is of the opinion the American people “as a whole” do not want the mosque two blocks away from ‘Ground Zero’. He, and possibly his god, are wrong.

Of those Americans that really matter – the people of Manhattan – only 31% were opposed to the siting of the mosque. Among New Yorkers, only 53%, slightly more than half, were opposed. Unsurprisingly, the further away pollsters lived from the site, the more they were against the mosque; probably because they weren’t personally involved, simply swayed by the negative media attention. Even so, one third had no problem with its siting.[1]

Hardly the American people “as a whole”.

Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam at the Ground Zero site, said today that moving the mosque could stir up racial hatred abroad:

If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.”[2]

He’s probably right. It’s one of those ‘damned if we do, and damned if we don’t’ situations that America is really good at getting itself into. It’s why this country needs a bigger military than anybody else.

If the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his people agree to move the site away from Ground Zero, Pastor Jones and his tribe of christian nutters will think they’ve won a great battle.

Of course, they’ll be wrong.

The true winner will be the Islamic faith; the reason blatantly obvious to anyone sufficiently removed from the half-baked emotion of the issue to still think clearly.

[1] “68% of Americans Oppose ‘Ground Zero Mosque'” TPM, August 11th 2010

[2] “Imam Says Moving Mosque Site Could Endanger National Security” DNAInfo – Manhattan Local News, September 9th 2010

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4 Replies to “Will He, Or Won’t He? – Episode Three”

  1. You see… there is something innately wrong with the human animal. Humans are all about “me”, “myself” and “I”… it is true for all faiths, all religions, all nations, all colors, all types…… this “genetically wrong” trade of the human kind can be seen in every historical phase… humans are genetically f$%%^ked up…. They will never be at peace with each other, they will never learn to live with each other, they will always abuse and use each other…. They will always blame the “OTHER”…. if not directly… indirectly…

    All we have to do is to look at the most deprave aspects of our society like incest, rape, genocide, slavery to see how wretch humans can be…

    On the one hand we create the most beautiful and glorious things like a breath taking poem, a beautiful book, a love story, a painting that can mesmerize you but yet, the dark side always wins….

    We have Ghandi and we have Hitler… the dark side and good side… but somehow the dark side, the bigoted side, the opinionated side, the intolerant and narrow minded side is embraced by the masses.

    It is true in America, it is true in Britain, it is true in Turkey…. etc etc… 🙁

  2. Wouldn’t Jesus have been the first to support the plan to build a mosque close to Ground Zero? To me it seems a move typical of the best of Christianity. Forgiveness etc. But then Jones is not a typical Christian – or any kind of Christian in my book.

    I agree, in part to what Nevin has written – but want to add that rank-and-file humans are very easily led and manipulated. To me that is their biggest, and most dangerous, weakness.

  3. Nevin – If ever there were an argument needed for evolution, this would be it. The human is an animal species. Its similarities to ALL animals, not just the primates, are virtually endless. Consciousness, and self awareness, may allow us to create beautiful music and bombs, or fine art and bitter resentment, but the underlying engine that drives us all is self-survival, and it easily metamorphoses into greed and lust for power. Everything good that we create we’re capable of abusing and misusing in the self-interest of power and greed.

    Twilight – Jesus doesn’t figure much in US christianity, but the answer to your question is: yes, he would have welcomed the mosque as he welcomed people of all beliefs.

    The rank and file are, indeed, easily led but for the same reason Nevin describes, I believe. Self-interest, greed, drive all politics today. The eternal cry of a politician touting for votes is always: “You’ll be much better off with us, than the other lot”. All they have to do is persuade the rank and file that it’s true and they’ve won the election.

  4. I’m struggling with a column at the moment about what really makes people happy, RJA, and your post feeds into my thoughts.

    The spoutings of Jones and his ilk are like an addiction, the more they scream and holler the more they need to do it. Reminiscent of Hitler and his rantings and that awful Falwell. The fire needs to be fuelled. The emptiness of people’s lives responds to these insane utterings. Gives them a great distraction from their pitiful lives. Blame the Jews. Blame the Muslims.

    But never look within.


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