“We’re burning the Qur’ans.” “If Jesus tells me not to do it, I won’t do it and that’s the only way I’ll change my mind.” “If the imam agrees to move the Mosque at Ground Zero, I won’t do it.” “We’re not burning the Qur’ans.” “Changed my mind, we’re burning them again.”
And every time, he gets a camera and a microphone in his face and gets to give voice to his poorly thought out arguments and words of hate and ignorance. A voice is given to a man who represents only a small amount of people. His story and picture and ugly sign are broadcast around the world and citizens of other countries hate us even more than they already did (which in some cases seemed impossible).
Americans should not burn books. Especially not sacred books, no matter whose religion those sacred books represent. Especially if those books represent any religion.
It makes me sad that Muslims are often represented by just a few extremists. It makes me sad that American Christians are often represented by just a few extremists.
The media has the power and influence to give a voice to important issues and make the world aware of situations of violence, poverty, slavery and disaster. The media also can give a voice and a microphone to extremists and media whores. Shame on our American media–all branches of it–for turning a sad, misdirected Florida pastor into a celebrity who has us all hanging by a thread, waiting to see what will happen tomorrow morning. Shame on our media for covering his story rather than the stories that matter on the eve of September 11.