The media has a big mouth. This has to be one of the greatest problems with our society today. They love to make mountains out of molehills and accentuate coverage of anything that has a negative slant or thought to be sensational. The publicity given to such second rate celebrities, as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are prime examples.
The latest absurd news is the attention being given to a very minor Pentecostal minister, Terry Jones, in Gainesville, Florida. The minister makes a good appearance for the camera because of his bizarre mustache. He’s like a clown. He has gained world attention by organizing a Quran book burning to put down the evil Muslims for their action on 9/11 and their plans to build a mosque near the ground zero site. The media has gone wild with this coverage and it has incited riots in the Middle East and provoked even more hatred of the US. It has endangered our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The President, the Secretary of Defense and the Commanding General of our forces in Afghanistan have ask Pastor Jones to cool it. You would think that this guy was as important as the Pope or someone like Billy Graham, but no, he is the preacher for a congregation of 50. All he has is the media blowing up a ridiculous story. If it were not for the news coverage, no one would be paying Jones the slightest amount of attention.
To make things even more sensational, Jones is claiming he has made a deal with the Muslim leader in New York who wants to build a mosque near ground zero. Jones will call off the book burning if the Muslims don’t build the mosque. The interesting thing is that the Muslim leader for the proposed mosque, Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf, says he hasn’t talked to Jones and hasn’t made any kind of deal.
The latest word is that Jones is flying to New York this weekend in hopes of speaking to Rauf. I’m pretty sure this very, very minor preacher, with a following of 50, is not going to change the mind of the Muslims and the American Civil Liberties people. I suspect he won’t even see them. The whole business just gives the media something else to make news about and it provides an opportunity for Muslims to riot in the streets, which is their favorite past time.
The thing that puzzles me on the porch is why I’m stupid enough to even listen to the news and ridiculous stories like Quran burning by a nobody. Stories about the exploits of non-talented and insignificants Hollywood types like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are bad enough. Now, if Hilton and Lohan got in on the Quran burning that might be interesting.