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The Rev. Jones and Both Sidesism
Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2010 | Mona Charen

Posted on 09/10/2010 6:24:25 AM PDT by Kaslin

For once, I'm with Hillary Clinton. Regarding the Rev. Terry Jones, would-be Quran igniter, the secretary of state said, "It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and ... disgraceful plan and get the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now."

"Get the world's attention" is putting it mildly. The until-recently justifiably obscure Jones is now famous on seven continents. He is doubtless far better known in the Muslim world than, say, N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has carried water for the World Trade Center mosque, and certainly better known than nearly all of those who have lined up to denounce him.

And what a long line it is! Take a number. Just about anyone in what used to be called Christendom who can command a microphone, starting with President Obama, has condemned the book-burning pastor. Gen. David Petraeus has warned that "Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy, and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

Julius Scruggs of the National Baptist Convention reproved him, as did the Rev. Pat Robertson, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Sarah Palin, the Vatican, Attorney General Eric Holder, Mitt Romney, Angelina Jolie, Ann Coulter, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Glenn Beck, and Gov. Haley Barbour, among many, many others.

All of the denouncers are obviously right, but why in the world were sane people called upon to respond to this flyspeck anyway? How did the Gainesville pastor become such a world-bestriding figure?

He became news because he fulfilled a need for the press. They had to have another side to the ground zero mosque story. Why? Because members of the press are total suckers for "both sidesism." There is nothing they like better in a news story than to present two conflicting views and to pronounce that "both sides" are guilty of provocation, mistrust, violence or bad faith. They are confident that truth nearly always lies between two extremes. Exceptions are made when the antagonists are Democrats and Republicans, or environmentalists and businessmen, but the generalization usually applies.

The controversy over the ground zero mosque highlighted Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a Muslim cleric who seems insensitive to the feelings of Americans regarding the Sept. 11 attacks. What the story needed was some Christian or Jewish cleric who could demonstrate indifference to the feelings of Muslims. It's a measure of the integrity of mainstream religious figures in America that none could be found. They had to turn over rocks in rural Florida to find the handlebar moustache-sporting Quran burner.

But attempting to present "both sides" as having their extremists, their provocateurs, is quite simply absurd in this case. Though the easily inflamed members of the Umma believe that America and the West generally are crawling with Muslim haters, that Islam is "under attack" -- to use the favored phrase of al-Qaida -- the reality is quite otherwise. Americans actually do live out the meaning of their creed. Americans do honor religious expression of all kinds. And the overwhelming majority of Americans have shown no religious bigotry toward Muslims. When some bozo decides to express contempt for Islam by burning the Quran (book burning being the mark of barbarians), Americans as if with one voice denounce him.

The press has done the world, but particularly our men and women in the military, a severe disservice by making a household name of the Rev. Jones. Let's face it, if the feelings of American Christians and Jews are hurt (by, say, a mosque at ground zero), they will peacefully demonstrate in the streets, write letters to the editor, call their members of Congress, and possibly apply bumper stickers to their cars.

If Muslims worldwide have their feelings hurt, there will be blood. The offense to Muslim sensibilities need not be real (remember the riots over the rumors of Quran flushing at Guantanamo) and they need not rise to the level of geopolitics (recall the riots in Nigeria over the Miss World contest).

A significant minority of Muslims is on a hair-trigger for violence and murder. Everyone knows this, which is why Secretary of State Clinton referred so respectfully to the "holy Quran." Responsible non-Muslims are attempting, oh so conscientiously, to convey the message that the West does not despise Islam. The press, for the sake of "both sidesism," has undermined that message profoundly.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: enemedia; monacharen; terryjones

1 posted on 09/10/2010 6:24:26 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

There should be a tag team match in Madison Square to settle it. Rev. Wright and the Imam vs. Rev. Jones and Chuck Norris.


2 posted on 09/10/2010 6:27:29 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: screaminsunshine
There's so much interest worldwide because many are interested to see how submissive we are. And those threats from the GZ Mosque's imam Rauf give me chills.

We'll have to stand up to this sooner or later.

3 posted on 09/10/2010 6:33:10 AM PDT by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: Kaslin

“but that’s the world we live in right now”

No the world we live in now is one where muslims can do no wrong no matter how savage and despicable they behave and Americans only have constitutional rights if Muslims allow them to.

The only thing more sickening than the liberals and muslims playing this game is that some rinoconservatives, who you would have thought would have known better, have joined in.


4 posted on 09/10/2010 6:35:04 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (American Constitutional rights ARE NOT subject to muslim approval)
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To: Kaslin; xzins; High-tech Redneck
For once, I'm with Hillary Clinton. Regarding the Rev. Terry Jones, would-be Quran igniter, the secretary of state said, "It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and ... disgraceful plan and get the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now."

The question that needs to be addressed is why would something so innocuous as a Pastor of a Church of 50 followers burning a book create such a world wide stir and evoke threats against the entire non-Muslim world?

I think the problem is not Pastor Jones, but Islam. If Pastor Jones had threated to burn any other book ever printed, nobody would care. The fact that he wants to burn a single copy of the Koran makes everyone on the planet uneasy.

One man. One Book. One World in crisis.

5 posted on 09/10/2010 6:36:08 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Kaslin

This is an interesting question because the media certainly liked to hype this fellow up & publicize his attempted promotional stunt.


6 posted on 09/10/2010 6:36:43 AM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: Kaslin

I really believe Rev. Jones was only trying to bring to light the double standards afforded to Muslims as opposed to Christians. This may have been a very bad idea but he has shed some new light on how things work (It certainly opened my eyes) in regard to Christian religious freedom as opposed to Muslim religious freedom. Rev. Jones was more than ready to call off the quran burning if the Mosque was moved. I did not see the same flexibility from the Imam. In fact, he seems to have dug his heels in. This speaks volumes to me.


7 posted on 09/10/2010 6:41:53 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Kaslin

This guy is a nobody. I have been in Bible Study classes for “25 to 35-year-old married couples with kids” with more than 50 people.

I think the event is a mistake ... but the Muslim world is reacting more strongly to 50 people in Florida than they reacted to the thousands of Palestinians dancing in the streets on 9/11.

Get some perspective here. There are individual churches in this country with thousands, or tens-of-thousands, of members. Come back to me when one of THEM holds such an event.

SnakeDoc


8 posted on 09/10/2010 6:42:55 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: Kaslin
Petraeus should have kept his yap shut. It is his job to ensure that this idiot Terry Jones can do exactly what he said he was going to do, no matter what the cost.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same . . ."
What part of that oath is in the least bit ambiguous? The military is sworn to uphold the Constitution and if I am not mistaken, that would include the First Amendment right of this jerk to burn the Koran.

When this was first announced, I was all against this burning, but the level of vitriol and hypocrisy being thrown about by the self-righteous among us and around the world has swung me around to where I think the Pastor must burn the Koran and I am thinking about joining him.
9 posted on 09/10/2010 6:56:01 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: P-Marlowe
I think the problem is not Pastor Jones, but Islam. If Pastor Jones had threated to burn any other book ever printed, nobody would care. The fact that he wants to burn a single copy of the Koran makes everyone on the planet uneasy.

Bingo.

If some backwater Imam in Islamistan decided to burn a pile of Bibles, we would have never heard about it. The burning would have occurred on schedule, without making so much as a ripple in the Western press.

10 posted on 09/10/2010 7:00:02 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Republic_of_Secession.
The game plan comes from a book/booklet written by Mr. Weather Underground himself, Bill Ayres.

That little book was called “Prairie Fire”.

It was instructions on how to orchestrate civil unrest/race riots.

Basically it says

Find an incident, a spark to ignite a flame, ratchet it up to a raging inferno.

Hillary's name or to be more precise,code word, she uses for this game plan of orchestrating civil unrest/race riots as a path to power or a way of hanging on to power, is “The Scorched Earth Policy”.

11 posted on 09/10/2010 7:02:46 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Kaslin

The controversy over the ground zero mosque highlighted Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a Muslim cleric who seems insensitive to the feelings of Americans regarding the Sept. 11 attacks.”

Insensitive huh, Mona, pull your head out of your backside. Rauf has repeatedly parrotted the jihadi line whether it concerns Muslim sensitivites in Malaysia due to certain churches using the term Allah, culpability for 9/11, threats over the proposed moving of the GZM, his inability to label Hamas as terrorist and the list goes on. This guy may not have strapped a bomb vest on, but it’s clear he supports those who do.

So I guess now being a terrorist or sympathizer means your just insensitive to American’s feelings.

Many in this country have simply lost the will to confront evil.


12 posted on 09/10/2010 7:07:37 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: chiller

“I summon my blue-eyed slaves anytime it pleases me. I command the Americans to send me their bravest soldiers to die for me. Anytime I clap my hands a stupid genie called the American ambassador appears to do my bidding. When the Americans die in my service their bodies are frozen in metal boxes by the US Embassy and American airplanes carry them away, as if they never existed. Truly, America is my favorite slave.”

King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz, Jeddeh 1993


13 posted on 09/10/2010 7:07:55 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: IMR 4350
http://zombietime.com/prairie_fire/


14 posted on 09/10/2010 7:12:58 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Kaslin

The lunatics know they can control us through fear, so there is nothing surprising about their response to burning the unholy Korans, or building the monument to the terrorists at ground zero. We have become a nation of kowtowed, trembling neurotics who deserve to live in fear. Terry Jones is a kook, but not nearly as big a kook as the kooks who are panicked over his kookiness. ...If our labors to befriend the Muslim world can be destabilized by a fringe preacher burning a Koran, we’ve failed, and should immediately start looking for a better way to communicate with the Islamic crazies.


15 posted on 09/10/2010 7:13:42 AM PDT by pallis
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To: pallis
and should immediately start looking for a better way to communicate with the Islamic crazies.

A MOAB works for me.

16 posted on 09/10/2010 7:16:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: chiller

Do we stand up to this while we’re strong enought to defeat it?

That’s THE big question.

We have to look at WHO IT IS that doesn’t want us to stand up to it. It’s all leftists, for the most part. People with delusional worldviews.

They need to be ignored. Their opinions, being based on falsehood, are worthless.


17 posted on 09/10/2010 7:19:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Kaslin
Gen. David Petraeus has warned that "Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy, and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

I wonder why our country is in a position that allows Sharia Law to trump the Constitution? Here we have a General of the formerly great USA deferring to Sharia Law. How did we get ourselves into this position?

Nobody in authority condemns the burning of bibles, destruction of Christian churches, and the killing of Christians and Jews for that matter.

18 posted on 09/10/2010 7:30:28 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Kaslin
why in the world were sane people called upon to respond to this flyspeck anyway? How did the Gainesville pastor become such a world-bestriding figure?

The US mass media deserve some blame for this, but the real problem is the Arab media. Al-Arabiya TV was making this a big story back in July, and other muslim media ran with it, and there were already protests in Afghanistan and Indonesia before the story broke big here.

Petreus decided to comment on the story when asked by the WSJ reporter, and the US media took it and ran with it.

19 posted on 09/10/2010 7:33:27 AM PDT by Dick Holmes
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To: PetroniusMaximus

That is an amazing quote. Sick, but amazing.


20 posted on 09/10/2010 7:50:38 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: PetroniusMaximus

All because we drilled their oil for them and turned over the keys,

and the enviros refuse to let us develop our own resources.

That “King” would be living in a tent and riding a camel otherwise.


21 posted on 09/10/2010 7:53:09 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: P-Marlowe; Kaslin; HiTech RedNeck
The fact that he wants to burn a single copy of the Koran makes everyone on the planet uneasy. One man. One Book. One World in crisis.

Beyond bizarre isn't it that the nation cowered in fear over that burning, that soldiers would die, that Jones would be attacked, that Panthers were on the move, that riots were held?

Since Imam Rauf assured us that the Islamic world would explode if they don't start building the Ground Zero Mosque, I'm expecting a statement any second from Gen Petraeus in Afghanistan, Gates at DOD, and Obama at the WH, that we need to build that mosque or we'll endanger the troops. Any second....tick,tock,tick,tock....

22 posted on 09/10/2010 7:53:59 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Dick Holmes
Petreus decided to comment on the story when asked by the WSJ reporter

Two words...two words in the English language, "No Comment".

23 posted on 09/10/2010 7:56:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin
Why do so many on this and other websites start out each of their statements with something like “Jones is and idiot, Jones is making a mistake, etc”.

He is doing exactly what needed to be done. Showing the whole world and America especially just how one-sided and evil the Islamists are. No Christian would ever threaten to kill people if a Bible is burned, not one.

Even those who agree with Pastor Jones are trying to cover themselves with the Islamists when they use that phrasing.

24 posted on 09/10/2010 9:41:22 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Sudetenland

Ditto 100%!


25 posted on 09/10/2010 9:10:58 PM PDT by Alissa
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