Thursday 9 September 2010

Why don’t the media ignore ‘Koran Burning’ Pastor?

The more I hear about this Florida Pastor who claims he'll be burning copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 - the more I think this story is becoming ridiculous.

Why are politicians and the world media allowing Terry Jones an obscure, unheard of Pastor, create an international crisis?
I was reading about this story a few days ago. The Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow wrote a really good piece which you can read here.

He said 50 years ago, the world would never have heard of this bloke, I agree. In our modern media age a religious bigot, from a sleepy backwater with a congregation of only 50 can hold the world's attention with his ignorant comments.

The more the politicians and the media talk about the story, the worse it gets. Now today even President Obama has said it would be a ‘recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda’ if Jones goes ahead with his plans.

Everyone should ignore this story. If on Saturday Jones goes ahead with his Nazi style book burning, then lets not have tv crews filming the event, lets not broadcast it around the world. Just pretend it's not happening.

Of course I know this isn't going to happen, but this story doesn't merit the level of attention it's getting.

I also hope that if Jones does burn copies of the Koran, then Muslim communities around the world show some common sense and accept this is the action of one extremist bigot.

The last thing we want to see is more cliched clips of angry men in the Middle East burning the American flag in anger.

Hopefully it won't come to this, but we'll have to wait and see what happens at the weekend.

Terry Jones subsequently cancelled his plans to burn the Koran

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