Quran-burning preacher defines “idiot”

A few years back, I hosted a weekly radio program, “Bob Barr’s Laws of the Universe.”  In recognition of the fact that the first Law of the Universe is, ”The World is Full of Idiots,” each week we would identify one or more members of that large class of persons as rising above the rest, as “Idiot of the Week.”  At the final show each year, we would announce the idiots par excellence as “Idiots of the Year” awardees.  Given the plethora of idiots from which to choose over the course of the year, identifying those truly outstanding idiots worthy of annual recognition was a difficult task; but one we somehow managed to accomplish.

Were I still hosting the show, I have no doubt that for the final show of 2010, one of the finalists for “Idiot of the Year” would be the Rev. Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida.  Jones is the so-called preacher who is hosting and calling for a Quran-burning party this coming Saturday, September 11th.  Unlike pastors of bona fide churches, Jones’ “Dove World Outreach Center” spends its time and resources preaching hatred of Islam; something its webpage refers to as, ”getting up.” 

While the primary focus of “DWOC” (an acronym the Center itself uses for short-hand references to itself) is Islam, it might just as well be Judaism, since the Center identifies the cardinal sin of Islam to be its belief that “any religion .  .  .  which teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God” is “of the devil.”

Apparently oblivious to much of reality, Rev. Jones appears to care not that staging a highly-publicized book-burning event concentrating on the Quran may — as Gen. David Petraeus has noted from his perspective as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan — place American troops in danger.  Jones certainly cares even less that Attorney General Eric Holder accurately describes the planned pyrotechnic pic nic as “idiotic.”  In this assessment, however, both Holder and Petraeus are describing the Gainesville preacher in overly generous terms.

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shaggy

September 8th, 2010
6:41 am

Describing this guy as an “idiot” does a diservice to idiots.
If one person dies as a result of his callous God-ego trip, he should be brought up on charges of sedition or possibly murder 1.
His 15 minutes can cause fatalities. I just hope someone burns a bible in clear view of his circus act to mitigate the effect of his self-righteous and cowardly act.

Rednecks at work

September 8th, 2010
6:45 am

Just another bold idiotic statement by a bunch of illiterate rednecks. Makes me not want to tell people I’m from the south. If a bunch of Islamic terrorists show up and shoot them down then they’ll get what they deserve.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 8th, 2010
6:46 am

yep, and be it a blessing or a curse, the word “idiot” is not contained in the Constitution. to piggy back the old joke, there ain’t no laws against stupid.

Salam

September 8th, 2010
6:53 am

Americans will increase the level of enemnity of islam and christians, because the reaction of american politician is to protect the interest of their mission in afgan i mean their soldiers in afgan land But wrath will cover whole americans.
I hope you will stop before idiot action occurs.

Larry

September 8th, 2010
6:54 am

Bob,

Joined any new churches lately? I recall you joining one in Woodstock several years back only to never return again. Joining churches only to get your name called out by the pastor for political purposes isn’t cool, Bob! You’re better than this, right?

I agree with most everything you write about and your courage in doing so but there is something disingenuous about you that concerns me. Or I could be wrong–maybe you moved to another precinct the next day?

Donna P.

September 8th, 2010
7:05 am

Are we so afraid of what Islamic terrorists will do that people anywhere in the world can’t burn a Quran or draw a picture of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban? Muslims need to get over themselves. Christianity, Judaism, and other religions are made of fun on a regular basis. Lighten up Muslims. I thought your religion promoted non-violence?

shaggy

September 8th, 2010
7:06 am

Larry,
Just why is Bob’s decision to not return to YOUR church a part of this blog? Did it hurt you itty bitty feelings? Wahhhhhh! Wahhhhhhh! Wahhhh!
Sheesh! Morons at every turn.

Idiot Lover

September 8th, 2010
7:10 am

While this guy is surely an idiot, I equate some of the stuff he is doing to a lot of what muslims tend to do. Not all of them, but there are wingnuts on both sides. At least he isn’t wearing a suicide bomb into a populated area.

shaggy

September 8th, 2010
7:10 am

Donna P
I guess even a fellow idiot, like, well…you would agree that you don’t pi$$ into a fan, or do you?
Cowards like you would not be wary of theatrical moronism, like the beloved preacher is displaying, because you would never put your own life on the line for your country. Plus, if you did, you would have this glimmer of hope that the people you were protecting, somehow had your back.

Skip

September 8th, 2010
7:11 am

Bring the troops home, problem solved.Sometimes the solution really is that simple.

shaggy

September 8th, 2010
7:13 am

Skip,
Sorry, it’s way too late for that. Now, if the job had been done right in 2002, instead of the redirection to Iraq, maybe this would be a non-issue.

Dawgfan74

September 8th, 2010
7:14 am

sounds like people want censorship. cesnor yourself. its not the governments job to do so. something on the radio or tv you dont like change the station / channel, people!

V for Vendetta

September 8th, 2010
7:17 am

Let’s see, what does this have in common with Islam . . . ? Oh, I know, it all involved religion. Take a look at the world, folks. How much good is religion doing versus the bad?

Intolerant Muslims

Intolerant Christians

Intolerant Jews

Intolerance, absolutism, theocracy, etc. All preached by the Abrahamic religions. Priests molesting kids, suicide bombers, stonings . . .

The list goes on.

All in the name of god, eh?

Donna P.

September 8th, 2010
7:18 am

WTF Shaggy? No clue what you are saying. My father and grandfather were Marines so I know about military sacrifice. Muslims always threaten anyone around the WORLD who dare ridicule their precious religion. They are morons. I guess after saying this, I should be on the lookout for the Muslim Mafia following me carrying stones?

lulu

September 8th, 2010
7:24 am

@Dawgfan, I don’t think anyone is asking for censorship; just wishing that this guy *would* censor himself.

He’s probably hoping somebody will come after him for this so that he can make a martyr of himself … but he’s making a mockery of the rest of the country in the process.

Jessica Benjamin

September 8th, 2010
7:26 am

Rev. Jones’ plan to burn Korans on the anniversary of 9/11 seems very similar to Kristallnach, when on the 9th and 10th of November 1938 91 Jews were killed and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. 267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. One would imagine that the smell of burning Torahs and that of burning Korans would be almost identical.

Mr. IthoughtthiswasAmerica

September 8th, 2010
7:28 am

I thought this was America where a person had freedom of religion ? I guess not because burning of the Quran is the lowest of the low as far as disrespect. When a person thinks that his Boo Boo doesn’t stank as bad as the next something is wrong. No sin is greater than the other. He who is without sin cast the first stone ! With that being said not all Muslims are bad people just like Christians, Jews, etc… Wake Up America ! And Donna P, I appreciate your father and grandfather protecting our country but this act does not help in that cause.

bill h

September 8th, 2010
7:29 am

Are there Florida National Guard troops in Afganistan or on call to be in Afganistan? Either way, the Florida Governor, as Commander of The Florida Guard, should declare this act as a high risk to his and other U.S. troops and go in and remove the books, disperse or arrest the crowd and arrest the preacher. we don’t protect people from crooked banks in this country, so why should we protect any misnamed rights of this idiot. We should be far more concerned about the safety of those who are protecting us. To think that we have real constitutional rights in this country is a joke. We would be shamed around the world as hypocrites if we don’t stop this inbred, snake handling swamp trash from endangering our troops in such an irresponsible manner. The politicians apparently do not have the balls to do the right thing here.

ByteMe

September 8th, 2010
7:32 am

Bob, the real idiots here are the media making a HUGE deal over a preacher of a tiny church doing something idiotic. If they ignored him, problem solved. But, noooooo, they need a “conflict of the day” to fill their 24 hours of non-stop info-tainment. A Muslim recreation center in an empty building in lower Manhattan that a few people don’t want? That’s a MONTH of stupid so far.

Ignore the Rev. Jones and his stupid cult church and pretty soon it’ll seem like he’s not really there at all.

shaggy

September 8th, 2010
7:34 am

Donna P
If you think this preacher dimwit is doing the right thing, I have nothing for you. Thanks to your father and grandfather for their service.

Willy Do It?

September 8th, 2010
7:38 am

Please don’t burn the Quaran!!! The peaceful Muslums will come here and kill us all!! They will cut off our heads and/or stone us!!
I am so scared of them!!

DJB

September 8th, 2010
7:42 am

Just out of curiosity.. “How is this blessing those that curse you?”

DAWGFAN 86

September 8th, 2010
7:44 am

Hey bob, do the muslims not BURN THE AMERICAN FLAG AND CHANT “DEATH TO AMERICA”??? They get offended if we talk about burning the quran, but disrespect our pride “OLD GLORY” almost everyday!! Is there a double standard here?? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!!

You may want to research the word HATE some more bob, you will see a picture of MUSLIMS next to it….IDIOT!!!!!! When you call the muslims who burn OUR flag, IDIOTS BOB, i may respect your normal spew of moronic writing a little more. You liberals only see what you want most of the time. I see hate everyday in the middle east by muslims who even try to justify killing their own muslims. If it were not for AMERICANS bob, the muslims would be speaking GERMAN today buddy if not for our boys in the 40’s! They needed us to bail their a** out of the fire then but disrespect us on a daily basis now. Screw muslims, let them wipe each other out bob because THEY are the idiots!!!!

Lou

September 8th, 2010
7:51 am

Whether I agree or not with the burning of this holy book does not matter, but why do I think that if an Iman wanted to burn a Christian holy book, there wouldn’t be a peep of protest from anyone?

DJB

September 8th, 2010
7:54 am

Lou… “Iman” Perhaps you meant Muslim?

DAWGFAN 86

September 8th, 2010
7:55 am

Willy do it, nobody will set foot on american soil and do anything. Only thing that will happen is somebody getting their feelings hurt by the best fighting force in the world! I wish muslims would try to come here and start something….it would be the end of their pathetic humanity and all of their “DEATH TO AMERICA CRAP”. Gee, i started to shed a tear…NOT! Bob, do us all a favor and retire please.

Josh

September 8th, 2010
7:57 am

I can’t believe how ill-informed people of the country I serve are… A lot of you are missing the point. If someone burned the Bible they wouldn’t have a Fatwa on their head. People wouldn’t be worrying about Christians killing Americans because of it. I think that is his point. Read that precious book of Muslims and see why. I am working on my second time through it. If you do you will not wonder why everywhere there are Muslims there are problems. Not all Muslims are bad people, but not all Muslims want to be Muslim. Too bad for them if they become something else the Quran calls for all Muslims to kill him/her. Stop being the lazy, overly-comfortable, Americans that I have to listen to all the other countries talk about. Let me feel proud in defending your rights and exercise them.

sogooden

September 8th, 2010
7:58 am

Why isn’t this fool being charges with terrorism?

DJB

September 8th, 2010
8:05 am

I’m still wondering is he’s asked himself…W.W.J.D.?

DJB

September 8th, 2010
8:06 am

If he’s asked himself…It’s early. :)

Suds

September 8th, 2010
8:11 am

Coexist in peace

Jimmy62

September 8th, 2010
8:14 am

We shouldn’t be burning any books, be they holy texts, the Diary of Anne Frank, Mein Kampf, or my personal favorite, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.

mystified

September 8th, 2010
8:16 am

First let me say burning the Quran is childish and stupid; but so is allowing the burning of the American flag but some how that doesn’t seem to upset the liberals. Second, 1 John explains in no uncertain terms that ANY doctrine that teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God is of the devil and that includes any religion or scientific theory. He is right about that. That doesn’t make them devil worshipers or the enemy; just lost and wrong.

I think this guy is an idiot and in know way represents the example Christ set; however, I am more concerned with the fact our nation is more worried about offending the people we are already at war with than preserving a constitutionally protected act. Their terror is winning. By our fear of how they will react THEY are defining how we will behave. Isn’t that the goal of terrorism anyway.

whoever

September 8th, 2010
8:16 am

Rev. Jones is all about self-promotion. He does not give a whit who says he is hurting the troops or United States foreign policy or anything else, as long as he gets to be on every news reader’s lips in the world. There is a special hell for those kind of shameless narcissists.

DAWGFAN 86

September 8th, 2010
8:18 am

The south park creators did a show and mocked the muslims as it is only a comedy satire and guess what happened to the creators? Gee, big surprise here. MUSLIMS made threats to KILL THEM!! Could you imagine a show mocking our heritage or america period ( this happens everyday in the middle east already) and seeing americans making threats to kill over things such as comedy shows? The outrage across the world against americans would be enormous.

Muslims also stone women to death by the way whom are accused of cheating on their spouses only if 2 or more people say it happened. Could you imagine, 2 people who just have an axe to grind make up some b.s and well…thats the end of your life! Muslims have been bathing in tears of christians for 100’s of years and murder innocent people behind their faith. Where is your article on muslims murdering people bob? Burning our flag bob? Stoning women to death bob? I guess we will be waiting for a long time.

Muslims also build mosques as a symbol of victory ( see jerusalem and spain as example) and these clowns want to put a mosque at ground zero. People are getting feed up bob, and you are always on the wrong side of mainstream american opinion just like the man whom you have a slobbering love affair with..obama. The dems will get slaughtered in november and obama is a 1 term president. Bank on it! Hell, you likely agree with america needing another 50 billion infrastructure stimulus on top of the trillion dollar hole we already face. Obama has spent more money in 6 months than bush did in 8 DAMN YEARS!! Here is my article title bob…LIBERALS AND MULIMS ARE IDIOTS!!!!

Al Gore

September 8th, 2010
8:21 am

I am offended that this idiot is not taking into consideration what burning these books will do to contribute to global warming.

DJB

September 8th, 2010
8:23 am

Some people need to get their facts straight. The current president did not cause the biggest deficit in U.S. history!! That would be……

Tigers Woody

September 8th, 2010
8:33 am

DJB

you are now officially in the running for the Idiot of the week award…you and the preacher.

Scout

September 8th, 2010
8:34 am

Well, Mr. Barr let’s just see what Jesus did have to say about other religions:

John 8: “42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Willy Do It?

September 8th, 2010
8:41 am

Hey, maybe the Muslims will get so mad they will burn Paris down….again!!
“You have trampled on our religion….lalalalalalalalala!”

Tigers Woody

September 8th, 2010
8:49 am

Scout do you have a point or are you just going to save it for your sermon on Sunday?

DJB

September 8th, 2010
8:50 am

Oh well, guess one can’t have an opinion or know anything if it’s contrary to what others believe.

Dwatney

September 8th, 2010
8:51 am

I have the misfortune of having this idiot in my town. He is a complete media fabrication. A year ago, he was just a pastor of 50 and an eBay furniture seller. Because of the media, he is now an international “celebrity” known in the highest ranks of our government. Because of him, our local public school system has school uniforms this year. For 20 years, I have lived within a mile of his church (I’m sure he hasn’t been there that long) and never knew it was there. Even after he put up his lame stenciled “Islam is of the Devil” sign and started a stir, it was months before I realized I lived so close. He was a nothing until the media pumped him up.

The lesson of this whole thing is that if you are a hate-monger, the media is your best friend. They will denounce you all the way, but they will spread your message far and wide for free. That crappy $5 sign of his has bought him millions in publicity.

lmno

September 8th, 2010
8:54 am

The Reverend is an idiot, but the best thing we could do is just ignore him. He is only after attention and for some reason, he is getting exactly what he wants.

And I don’t buy the argument that his idiocy is going to lead to more deaths. If it does, then those commiting the murders are also idiots.

Fatwa Arbuckle

September 8th, 2010
8:55 am

I certainly understand Gen. Petraeus’ legitimate concerns for his troops

However, the root problem lies with religious fundamentalist tools, a category to which radical Islamists and Rev. Jones both belong.

So long as people believe they must “duke it out” on behalf of their respective supreme beings (whom one would think ought to be able to defend themselves, given their omnipotence and all), this sort of idiocy will never cease.

I also think there’s a difference given that Rev. Jones isn’t threatening to harm anyone in this instance, whereas the radical Islamists probably are; hence the General’s words.

Karl Marx

September 8th, 2010
9:13 am

June 18, 2007, Muslims ransacked, burned and looted a school and convent that are part of the Gaza Strip’s small Romany Catholic community. Crosses were broken, damage was done to a statue of Jesus, and books were burned.

December 10, 2006, Australia , Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible. The Bible desecration took place last week at a school camp held near Bacchus Marsh, about 50km west of Melbourne

July 3, 2003, Muslims rioting over the arrest of one of their clerics torched five churches in Bura. No one has been charged over the burning of the churches. Christian leaders are still waiting to see if the arsonists will receive justice or impunity.

No one pays attention to items such as listed above. Of course no one wrote a column to call these “Muslims” idiots either.

More double standard double talk. By The Way, unlees no one has told Gen. Petraeus the troops are in “Harms Way” Muslims want to kill them anyway for just being there.

Polly

September 8th, 2010
9:20 am

As Paul Harvey used to say when he’d report on some idiot…
‘They would like me to mention their name’
This man (no name used) is looking for his ‘15 minutes of fame’.
Let us please NOT let him have it by putting him on every news cast and in every publication. The radicals will not see that 99.9% of Americans are against such actions….they will only see this one, to quote the newspaper article I read, “fringe character who doesn’t deserve special attention”.
I am completely FOR freedom of speech and completely AGAINST radical Islam but to USE our freedom in such a way is completely UN-American in my humble opinion.

nelson

September 8th, 2010
9:38 am

If a sect of Islam were to have a bible burning day would the citizens of the U.S. have a national uprise and go around shooting guns and making a general disgrace of themselves, I think not. As far as i am concerned, the Muslim radicals have taken charge when the Attorney general has to have a talk with this Gainesville minister, Gary Jones to dissuade him from his burning holy book picnic.
As for putting our troops in danger, they are armed, have armored support, air support and the most sophisticated weaponry at their disposal.
What was it that Islam got all upset about before, somebody in Sweden drawing a cartoon? I say when a country is judged by 1 minister and 30 followers, that was the number in his church last week can be singled out by the Muslims as indicative of what everyone feels or thinks and we go for it, were letting ourselves in for a never ending conflict, I have given in to bullies myself and I CAN TELL YOU WITHOUT ANY RESERVATION, it never made my days any easier.

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 8th, 2010
9:50 am

just wishing that this guy *would* censor himself.

The world would be a better place, if a lot more people would do that.

This guy is obviously seeking publicity and the media is falling all over themselves to give it to him.

Jefferson

September 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Never kick a sleeping dog.