I starting offering my views and opinons around a certain pistol packin pastor just yesterday.
I can’t condone the burning of any book (or, “Word Windows” as we’ve often referred to them since Haley Anne was four years old).
In any event, this story just gets worse.
In Pakistan, about 200 lawyers and civil society members marched and burned a U.S. flag in the central Pakistani city of Multan, demanding that Washington halt the burning of the Muslim holy book.
So… They burned a, if not the, symbol of our country to some how make a point that we should not burn their holy book.
It’s bad enough that this celebrity-seeking-pentacostal-point-pounding-pistol-packin-preacher /1 is willfully stirring the pot and maliciously putting people in harms way. He has scienter, no less. But, now we have the FBI visiting his Gainesville-based church. Although we don’t know what’s being said, there, we can suspect the picadell0-postulating-preacher is being warned. So, this means our own government is getting “heavy” and possibly impeding an element of our own Constitution that’s related to Free Speech.
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Gainesville police will already be dealing with some ninety thousand (90,000) football fans Saturday, as the book (that shall not be named, but is often misspelled as Koran) and even more tailgaters for the Florida-South Florida game.
Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe has publicly condemned the church’s plans and asked residents to watch for “suspicious behavior” (apprently other than pastors packin heat and FBI agents crawlin’ about asking questions of “persons of interest”). At least one counter-protest was planned by a University of Florida student group.
So… Now you’ll have people in, or from trailers, getting involved.
City officials were increasing security, but wouldn’t go into detail about how many extra officers will be used, saying only that they were coordinating with other cities and “tallying expenses”.
“We are sending a bill for services to the Dove World Outreach Center. We’re tracking our costs,” said city spokesman Bob Woods. “I’m sure the cost will be substantial.”
isn’t that, well…. like a threat?
I mean, despite the fact that the Florida football game might be affected, does anyone see an ugly pattern here?
I’ll offer a hint: The terrorists are winning again because we are being as ugly as they are.
Allow me to be clear… I’d feel justified if we sent in a Special Ops team to take-out those protestors that burned our flag. But, otherwise, this pastor is an example of distorted material values, our own constitutionally-formed government feels so powerless that we need to use intimidation instead of mediation, a real important football game is pulled from the lime-light, and city officials are threatening punitive measures if a lone citizen refuses to bow to an uncertain civil rule or opinion.
Thomas Jefferson must be spinning so fast in his grave the earth may well depart from it’s axis.
Isn’t that what the Talibahn does while, ironically, pointing to the the Qu’ran for interpretation and justification?
It blows my mind that we end up making this lunatic preacher who should be standing on a New York cross-street look like he could be right, after all.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork
1/ Understanding what being Pentacostal means might help explain naught a few things.