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September 8, 2010

Bible Burning Rally This Weekend! Join Us!

by at 10:23 am.

Not so good when the shoe’s on the other foot, I imagine? But that’s exactly what’s going on this weekend - only, with Korans, not Bibles. It would be fitting if us atheists decided to host a Bible burning on the same day, don’t you think? No?

Universal condemnation of the Koran-burning assholes in Gainsville, FL (why, why is it always Florida?) isn’t stopping the tiny, bassackwards church and its leadership from hosting a Koran burning on 9/11. Even the fact that this will harm our troops overseas, and pleas from General Petraeus to not inflame hatred in the Muslim world with this act - not phasing them.

Here are some things that I think would be great counter-protests for the 99% of us that are still sane. Gainsville residents who don’t want to look like your entire town is filled with redneck hillbillies - you can use any of my suggestions and I don’t even need credit!

1. Hundreds of people showing up with a Koran in hand, but only to trick their way to the fire - where they throw a water bottle full of water on the flames, over and over til it’s out.

2. Hire a plane that fights fires and fill it with water, dump it over the site. Soak the lot of these bastards along with their pyre.

3. Get a fire hose (local hydrant?) and spray it into the air above the area so it falls like heavy rain, hitting the crowd and fire.

4. A few hundred people (with earplugs in place) show up to use the most annoying loud sound makers available - vuvuzelas if they can get them, air horns if not - and stand right nearby to drive the assholes away. Since they’re obviously already deaf to the pleas of the entire world, it can’t do much harm.

5. Host a book burning of the pastor’s “Islam Is of the Devil” - every copy you can get your hands on. This is a last resort, though, since it would likely require buying them up in the first place.

Your suggestions? I don’t advocate violence or vandalism, but I wouldn’t be that upset if some enterprising young person sneaked in the night before and plastered the place with obscene phallic symbols. That’s how angry this makes me. If you just can’t contain your hatred and bigotry, at least don’t do something that will endanger our troops and American civilians abroad with your actions. People are going to die because of this.

13 Responses to “Bible Burning Rally This Weekend! Join Us!”

  1. Prince Charming Says:

    This country wasn’t founded on “Freedom of Religion”. It was founded on Freedom FROM Religion and this is why.

  2. Maggie Says:

    Being from the South , I can tell you that this “pastor” is one of your typical Bible-thumping red-necked, Yellow-bellied backwoods idiots looking for his 10 minutes of fame. Believe me , they are NOT all like that. By giving him national air timee the networks are simply adding fuel to the fire.
    PS - I do not recommend # 5, the old goat might actually make a profit from his book if we do that.
    # 2 might work from a helicpter flying low with buckets of water ( or better yet permament red dye). hmmmmm
    Double pS I’m Episcopalian.

  3. joe from Lowell Says:

    Some things will never change.
    They just stand there looking backwards half unconscious from the pain.
    It may seem pre-arranged.
    In the backwater swirling there are some things that will never change.

    - The Meat Puppets

  4. Christopher Says:

    Remember when many of us thought he had to say to the rest of the world, “Don’t worry, Americans don’t all support the Bush administration’s warmongering.” Now it’s, “Don’t worry, the official American position in no way reflects these nutcases making headlines around the world.”

  5. Robby Says:

    Im not sure how this crazy pastor or priest thinks by burning Korans he is somehow sending a message? Will he “win” when he does burn them?

    Both this priest and general Petraeus are in the middle of fighting a war. But the wars each are fighting could not be anymore different. Petraeus is fighting extremist radicals who are hell bent on eliminating the US and Israel from the face of the Earth. This nut-job is fighting a religion - by burning thier Bible. At first it is actually laughable until you realize just how stupid and pathetic and even downright dangerous it actually is.

    He may technically have the “right” to be an idiot, but that’s the point. Common sense should come first, and anyone with any common sense will realize this action will only cause further hatred and will solve NOTHING.

    Thankfully, I was not alive when people used to burn crosses, but this was the first thing I thought of when I heard this story this morning on the radio.

  6. C R Krieger Says:

    On the other hand, does he really have a Koran to burn or are these just translations into English, which are not true Korans.  It has to be in the original language to be the real thing.  Sort of like some Protestants wanting to use the King James Bible, the one Paul used when he preached.

    Part of the problem with this being the United States of America is the first amendment.  Burning the flag is legal. Burning books which might be seen as holy by some is legal.  And, while the First Amendment means the Government can not impose a state religion, it doesn’t mean no religion.  People are free to believe what they want within very large parameters.

    Is this act, in the end, dumb?  Absolutely.

    On the other hand, in another forum I have seen a very heated discussion as to if GEN Petraeus was out of his swim lane to comment on this issue at all, Civil-Military Relations being what they are in this nation.  The consensus was that commenting was a job for SecDef Gates or President Obama—some civilian official of the Administration (which would not, IMHO, include VP Biden).

    And, actually, I think of Florida as being fairly enlightened.  And the other Southern States growing more so, as migrations change the demographics.

    Regards  —  Cliff

  7. Maggie Says:

    Robby -Hate to tell you - but there are still people burning crosses in some of the back areas of the South. It just doesn’t make the news anymore because the press has come to realize that those people are a very tiny minority of the South and not even true reps of the Klan . ( And yes the Klan still exists) An by the way the ecening news said that the pastor does not have a bonfire permit - so the local law enforcement may put out the fire before it even gets started.

  8. Robby Says:

    I heard of the whole “permit” thing. If the action is done on private property or where no one can see the fire except for whoever is with him, who is to stop him?

    If the guy is hell bent on burning Koran’s, he WILL do it. Regardless if the government “allows” him to do it with a “permit”.

    And speaking of the media of not covering cross-burnings because they are a tiny minority: That may be true, but then why are they covering this jackass? Clearly, he does not represent any majority that I know of. I know many that have hard feelings toward Muslims in general, and everybody I know thinks its just as “dangerous” to open the Mosque at the WTC, but who in thier right mind supports burning Bibles?

    Its just stupid. If this guy really feels the way he does, why doesn’t he go over there and kill as many as he can? (not that Im saying its right) Oh yea, because he’s “safe” just burning Korans in the comfort of his own church.

    What a worthless, spineless wimp.

  9. Eleanor Rigby Says:

    I am wondering if an American soldier is killed in retaliation of this stupid publicity stunt, if the “good” pastor can be charged in something akin to inciting a riot? Perhaps face wrongful death law suits? Just wondering

  10. M.L. Says:

    I don’t understand what the problem is here. The soldiers are already in a warzone. Taliban and al Qaeda are already trying to kill them. It’s a stupid argument.

    Second, I say go ahead with fire. It’s the pastor’s right to do it. My only regret is that the Bible won’t be joining the Koran BBQ.

  11. joe from Lowell Says:

    M.L.,

    We want to keep the number of people who think the Taliban and al Qaeda are onto something to a minimum.

  12. Mike Says:

    I like the idea of a bible burning but let’s add another level to it: Burn a bible get some porn.

  13. joe from Lowell Says:

    Dude, you’ve got no Koran!

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/9/12/901356/-Skateboarder-Thwarts-Extremist-From-Burning-The-Quran

    Sk8r 1, Wingnut 0.

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