Oh, Rev. Jones, Can I Buy You a Ticket to India?

Recently, news of small but moronic Rev. Terry Jones’ plan to burn Korans on September 11th. Ostensibly, the goal was to promote his insignificantly small church, interestingly called “Dove World Outreach” and promote unity within his band of morons, fighting against a common brown enemy in a far away land. While normally, not a human in the world should care what happens in a meaningless Florida church, Jones got front page coverage due to election year politics and a fractured Republican party that wants to be a major stakeholder of American power. The result of this is 73 people dead and many more injured through rioting in Pakistan and India and a burned Christian church, among other incidents which we have yet to hear about.

It’s about time that the American right understand that the world is not limited to their isolated and brainless communities of absolute dunces, but that their divisive and vitrol-filled rants of white Christian superiority and brown inferiority have ripple effects which lead to people being killed and injured, and to Christians around the world having to live in fear that every time some redneck, small government, faith loving bozo opens his or her mouth, a band of angry mobsters will come and set their house on fire. An activity that smacks of the historical right’s penchant for immolating black people and their houses over being nothing more than a minority.

What I would like to see, is for these bozos that stupid white people in America happily vote for to go to a place like Pakistan and look some injured kid in the face and try to say something meaningful. The American right can use these riots and violence as another weapon in their fight against evil Islam and “the Islamization of America” (whatever the hell that is), but in the end, its almost impossible for Rev. Jones and all his supporters in the ranks of conservative America to escape blame here. The media in America also has to take full accountability for it’s role in promoting this kind of hate filled nonsense, and freely giving a Cro-Magnon like Rev. Jones a platform on which to expel his nonsense.

We are not alone in this world. If you marginalize people, they will come for you, eventually, especially when they have as little understanding of the complexities of American culture as you do of Islam. When the next 9/11 happens (only a matter of time), will these troglodytes on the American right stand up and say “We fanned the flames with our inability act with civility”? I think not. On this 9/11 anniversary, I can say that Terry Jones, who interestingly did an about face under pressure, is at least as complicit as Bin Laden.

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About Pete Larson

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Nagasaki University Institute for Tropical Medicine

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