Thursday, September 09, 2010

And now he wants to be part of the conversation (2 x UPDATED)

3rd UPDATE: 8:49 p.m. EDT: For what it's worth, and it probably means nothing -- today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. You can link that to today's events in any way you think is appropriate.

2nd UPDATE: 8:33 p.m. EDT: And speaking of people who want to bully their way into the conversation (drum roll please), Donald Trump!

Perhaps two, maybe three days ago, the story associated with this ridiculous idea to burn the Koran changed. Whatever pretense there was of seriously reporting it was subsumed by people determined to steal or share the spotlight. Trump is merely one example of a group of people who see an opportunity to push themselves into the national discussion about Islam.

Sad. And expected.

1st UPDATE: 8:18 p.m. EDT: Rev. Jones says the Koran burning might be on again. "We are a little back to square one," media reports are quoting him as saying.

ORIGINAL POST: Let's hand it to the "pastor" of that "church" in Florida. He parlayed a threat to burn the Koran into pushing himself into the conversation about the so-called (and inaccurately so) Ground Zero mosque. This from the Los Angeles Times:
The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11.

Pastor Terry Jones said today that he decided to cancel his protest because the leader of a planned Islamic center near ground zero has agreed to relocate it. The agreement couldn't be immediately confirmed.  
President Obama, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and several Christian leaders had urged Jones to reconsider his plans. They said his actions would endanger U.S. soldiers and provide a strong recruitment tool for Islamic extremists.
The imam in New York (perhaps you saw his interview on CNN last evening) almost certainly is a more reasonable, kind, humble, religious and adult than the Florida "pastor." And that means even though the latter deserves no place at the table in the discussion about the New York mosque, the former will be generous and invite him.

Thank the Lord there are people such as him.

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