Reverend Terry Jones is an attention-seeking moron

UPDATE: He’s called the whole thing off! OR HAS HE? CONFUSION…

LATER UPDATE: “Will it anger them and put Americans in danger? Sure it will….and so will invasions, bombings, collateral damage, secret prisons, pictures of torture and drone attacks!” Ron Paul responds on CNN

EVEN LATER UPDATE: FBI agents meet with church…

Reverend Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville Florida, plans to burn 200 copies of the Quran/Koran/kwatever on this year’s anniversary of 9/11. His motivation seems to be one of hate and censorship, yet he’s trying to portray this as some kind of message to radicals (earth to the Reverend, burning books is something radicals do). What’s quite telling is that he hasn’t even read the books, so it’s not like he can legitimately claim to actually be an authority on why the books are bad in the first place (thus, he’s a legitimate moron). But it seems everyone from the Vatican to Gen. Dave Patreus are making all sorts of media waves warning of backlash, which only serves to give further attention to the event. Even the families of muslims who died on September 11th are joining the chorus, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is planning on distributing 200,000 copies as a counter-protest. The official muslim freak-out and fear-fest has hit the 24-hour news cycle, again. Which… if you’ve listen to Jones, seems to be exactly what he wants: to drum up the anti-muslim sentiments that are bubbling by provoking the reaction of his radical muslim counterparts into violence.

Already camera crews from the four corners are pouring into Gainesville in hopes of capturing a good old book burning on film (followed by a commercial, no doubt). Which is again, exactly what Rev. Jones wants: publicity of his stunt. He’s getting people to flip out over an act that is completely legal in America: destroying your own property. NEWSFLASH: We’re allowed to destroy things that we own. Simple as that. It may be tasteless to destroy a holy text, but it’s protected speech.

But just because we protect speech, doesn’t mean we have to endorse it either, and that seems to be what the media does as this frenzy of speculation and fascination with radical acts of stupidity. I’m sure the KKK would love to be able to call up CNN the next time they plan a cross burning, or PETA would love to call up MSNBC to let them know they’ll be throwing paint on animal furs, or a laundry list of radical groups would love to have their upcoming book burnings attended by every anchor and pundit.

So even though this radical act of book burning is legal, repudiated, and shamelessly pimped by the media outlets, some one has to be the one to say the truth about Rev. Terry Jones: go ahead and turn off the TV, you aren’t required to watch him. And I urge news organizations to consider long and hard just how in the hell it’s in the public interest to continue parading Terry Jones in front of America and the world as some kind of hero of intolerance.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Much like the “ground zero mosque,” the extra attention is a good diversion from the economic crisis. For added points, maybe they can actually goad a terrorist into blowing up something other than his own nuts, and that way everyone can run around like headless chickens once again FTW.

  2. Plenty of stupidity to go around on this one. First, actually having a book burning in a free society? really? Second, Petraeus saying that the muslims might kill more US troops. When did people join the military to live forever? Dying’s part of the job description, you know: “kill and die for your country”. I tell ya, this news story is providing one thing, lots of names to be first against the wall when the revolution comes. The only problem I can see is: we’re gonna need a bigger wall.

    1. Petraeus saying that the muslims might kill more US troops. When did people join the military to live forever? Dying’s part of the job description, you know: “kill and die for your country”.

      Being in the military does include a heightened risk of death, but that does not mean that we should do stupid shit to further endanger the troops (and innocent American civilians, especially but not only abroad!).

      I tell ya, this news story is providing one thing, lots of names to be first against the wall when the revolution comes. The only problem I can see is: we’re gonna need a bigger wall.

      With everyone that’s going to have to be up against the wall when the revolution comes, will there be anyone left to shoot them, or will the wall have to be circular to accommodate a circular shooting squad? (IE: let him who is without guilt fire the first bullet).

      Seriously, no more firsts against the wall. The means create the ends.

    Elected Officials Should Know Better
    (A Commentary)

    By Thurman Boyd Hayes
    I am particularly incensed by the proposed actions of one Dr. Terry Jones and his Dove World Church to burn “Korans” this September 11. Not because I feel that the Qur’an is a holy book. I don’t. Not because I feel that Islam should be respected anymore than any other religion. I don’t. I’m not even against it because of the potential air pollution that the burning might cause. I’m against it because it is flagrant abuse of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution and in no way is protected by the Constitution, a fact that so-called legal experts have failed to see, including the Florida State Attorney General’s Office, since they have done nothing to stop this event from proceeding. Let me teach them, and all the other clueless onlookers, a bit about interpreting the law.

    (Get the full story at,485961 )

  4. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  5. Reverend Terry Jones is a HERO!! I think we’ve found a man that truly understands the muslim psyche. Hats off to the good Reverend.

    God Bless the U.S.A.

  6. Terry Jones isn’t censoring shit; he’s not burning anyone else’s Qu’ran. He’s kinda retarded but I’m just waiting for some dipshit to blow himself up at this Dove International Outreach Church thing in the name of Allah.

    I’ll bet you dollars to donuts it’ll happen. People get fucking dumb in the name of religion.

  7. This is not the first time any religious books have been burnt. In 2008, fanatic Jews from Or-Yehuda – a city near Tel Aviv – forcibly gathered Bibles form Christians and Messianic Jews and burnt them in a bonfire. But nothing happened. No one from the Christian world protested or condemned this act. I understand that the Muslims do not consider any translations of the Koran or even copies of it printed in Arabic as their Holy Book at all. So what the heck? Let this moron who calls himself a pastor burn these printed material he considers religious books. All this moron wanted was attention – and the stupid media gave it to him. Now this tiny den that calls itself a church with less than 50 morons in its congregation will probably attract 50 more red-neck morons – and this idiot pastor will have a little more contributions in his till. This moron should have been just ignored. After all, morons come in different shapes, sizes, colors – and with funny mustaches too. Remember the guy from Germany during the second world war – the one with the silly toothbrush mustache?

    1. Thanks for the completely unnecessary history lesson. We shouldn’t just ignore the morons with aspirations of grandeur, rather… shine a bright light on them and disinfect them by exposing the truth.

  8. 16 months later after the US Army sacked and burned much of York, the British Canadian capitol, the White House was burned over chiefly due to a mistaken wig (found in a parliment court room) for which rumors grew to it supposedly being the scalpe of an elderly American).

    Ref. pg 61 at…

    One can’t help but wonder when terrorists are going to start burning our unprotectable forests, not to mention burning our cities, ie; fuel pipelines are clearly and continiously marked with paint stripes and raised signs (all along their buried routes).

    Seems like we recently dodged that bullet, but all we need is for some zealot to actually proclaim and evidence his burning the muslem’s sacred book.

  9. Why burn it?

    Truly, if one wishes to be provocative . . . if one wishes to act out against Islam . . . use the Koran/Quran/Qur’an for toilet paper.

    Buy copies and toss them into city streets.
    Buy copies and toss them into pig stys.
    Buy copies and sneeze into them.

    Why limit oneself to burning when there are so many other ways to apparently transform a supposedly peacable community of folks into a violent mob?

    I am not, of course, suggesting people do this. Rather, I am illustrating the many possibilities, is all.

    1. I’m a fan of the guy who got on youtube, rolled a page from the bible and the koran and rolled *something* in it and smoked it.

      I had a friend that did that once to the bible, sacriligeous as shit but I still think it was funny.