by Rodimus Dunn
Terry Jones is certainly not the first person to attempt libricide, but he may certainly be the dumbest (and the first with a long handlebar mustache). That’s what I initially thought … now I think he’s pretty darn intelligent (and a lunatic). Jones is the senior pastor/founder of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to him announcing “International Burn a Qur’an Day,” had anyone heard of Jones or Dove World Outreach Center? Does anyone know anything about Gainesville other than it’s where Timothy Richard Tebow played football the last four years? No and no. That’s where I think Jones’ genius has kicked in. He’s now known internationally even though he’s been a pastor spouting idiocy for many years. He’s been talked about by the commanding officer in Iraq, the secretary of defense, and even by president Obama. He’s been on every radio show in the state, he’s been on CNN, he’s talked with the imam of the mosque to be built near the 9/11 site, and there have been innumerable words written about him on the internet. What more could a struggling pastor in a college town ask for?
Generally when people say or do idiotic things we just ignore them. When streakers run onto a football field, the cameras don’t even show them at all. When John Mayer, Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens tweet something asinine, don’t we just ignore it? When Lady Gaga wears a bikini made of raw meat, don’t we just ignore it? When some couple gets famous just for having a bunch of children they can’t afford gets famous (and ultimately split up), don’t we just ignore it? The problem is in 2010, we don’t ignore it. You don’t have to be smart, talented, or even remotely credible to be famous in 2010, and Jones knows it. He’s written a book entitled Islam is of the devil. It’s completely sold out on amazon.com, just because he’s a contrived lunatic. I guarantee his congregation will be bigger this year than it’s probably been in all his years of “preaching” combined, just because he’s a contrived lunatic. You can’t beat ignorance in 2010 … just ask the dude from Jersey Shore who will earn over 5 million this year for what I’m not exactly sure.
Different political and religious groups continue to argue and condemn the hateful rhetoric that Jones is spouting. They argue that Christianity teaches love and acceptance of everyone. Others argue that the pilgrims came to America for religious freedom, and Jones is speaking against the very foundation of our great nation. Islamic groups say Jones is blaming Muslims for the 9/11 attacks, not a fundamentalist terrorist group. All of them are right, but they’re barking up the wrong tree. How do you argue with someone who isn’t rational? Throwing sound facts in the face of someone who isn’t worried about reason is a waste of time. We need to go back to our pre-youtube, twitter, Jersey Shore days and just press the fast forward button on Jones. If some schmuck from a small town in now-where’s-ville burned some books in 1995 would anyone know or care? Absolutely not. If he burns some Qur’ans, don’t televise it, don’t put it on youtube, and don’t have anyone report on it. Just ignore him like you do the whino you see passed out in the street as you walk home from the bar. He’ll burn his books with no audience (maybe he won’t even burn them), no one will see it or care, and we’ll go back to worrying about Jennifer Aniston’s love life, if Paris Hilton is going to do jail time, if Sandra Bullock is okay with Jesse James dating that inked up lady, if Taylor Swift has forgiven Kanye West, or how many followers Justin Bieber has. Once his 15 minutes are up, Jones will fade into obscurity just like the balloon boy hoax, until he can come up with another failed scheme (or law breakage) to get back into the limelight, similar to Jessica Simpson, Dennis Rodman, or Lindsay Lohan.