Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hatewatch: Burn a Koran Day

With all the comparison of President Obama to Hitler by Tea Partiers, it appears that the Gestapo analogies are largely misplaced here. It really is amazing how badly religious sects treat one another:
On July 22, Hatewatch reported the announcement of a provocative spectacle
planned for Sept. 11 by Dove World Outreach Center, a twisted little ministry
based in Gainesville, Fla. Just about everything you need to know about the
event is contained in its title, “Burn a Koran Day”; everything else, including
the back story to Dove World, can be found here.

At the time of our original post, the event’s Facebook page had several
hundred fans. Now, nearly two weeks later, the page has more than 3,000 and is
growing. Many of these — largely drawn from the United States and Poland — have
added more than 2,000 images of graphic violence (committed both by and against
Muslims) as well as crudely designed anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Photoshop jobs
(including multiple versions of posters urging the nuking of Mecca).

What's really quite amazing is that this wasn't occurring during the Bush years. I mentioned on this blog before what Dan Carlin told me about bad economic times providing "the opportunity for things to flourish that would otherwise not have a chance to arise." That is definitely what is occurring here. We're in an America where political candidates are running on keeping their states ethnically pure and churches are organizing book burnings.

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