Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Fanning the Flames
Maybe it’s the hurricane season, but this has all the makings of a good little tempest in a teeny-tiny teapot. Radical Muslims have been trampling the US flag for at least two generations and many Bibles have ended up fueling Afghani goat roasts—little is forbidden in the pursuit of religious fanaticism. What’s interesting is how many important folks with better ways to spend their time have felt the need to chime in on the subject. Yesterday (Tuesday) an Emergency Faith Leaders Summit on anti-Muslim sentiment discussed the burning-to-be. General David H. Petraeus warned it could endanger US troops in the Muslim world, as if these were not already in harm’s way. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it ‘un-American,” and in a statement that really calls for a new speechwriter, added, “I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths.” Take that, Reverend Terry! What the statement lacks in grammatical transparency, it more than makes up in the number of syllables.
Here’s my suggestion: We provide the airfare to send Reverend Terry and his band of pyromaniacs so they can display their freedom of speech in a seriously Muslim country, say Libya, Chechnya or Kazakhstan. We provide matches, gasoline, and those little portable firepits Home Depot sells for $49.95. We do it on Pay Per View and we send marshmallows.