Due to the entire world going mad this weekend

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, September 10, 2010 21:44 EDT
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Maybe you’ve heard that some wingnut pastor in Florida may or may not be committing an act of blasphemy as part of the increasingly party-down style wingnut celebration known as 9/11? While the rest of use try like hell to remember that this day was a national tragedy where 3,000 actual human beings were murdered, the “Never Forget” crowd clearly has moved into seeing the day as Wingnut Christmas. And to celebrate, this minister is threatening to burn a Koran. Every move of this nutjob is being breathlessly reported by the mainstream media, when they’re not wringing their hands in guilt over whether or not they should cover it. It’s a shame to see the long-standing tradition of committing acts of blasphemy perverted for racist ends like this.

By the way, while Wingnut America celebrates the murder of thousands by implying that “Muslims” and “terrorists” are a single set, the FBI arrested another Christian terrorist who was planning on killing people at a North Carolina abortion clinic. Because our media feels they have to feed this bigoted Florida preacher all the attention he could have ever wanted and more, I can see why they might not think there’s enough time in the news cycle to report on the fact that we still have lots and lots of wannabe terrorists in the U.S., and while some are Muslim, many and probably most are not.

By the way, there’s no reason to think that there’s never a place for some blasphemy. To poke the powerful with a stick, it’s a great way to spend your time. But of course, the racists burning a Koran to make the point that they just really hate Muslims? They’re cowards and racists! A great combo, with a side dose of narcissism, at least for creating the dictionary definition of “waste of oxygen”. I’ll stick to making jokes about Jeebus, thank you very much.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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