Yesterday I called Pastor Terry Jones a coward and jerk. Jones is the one whose Qur'an burning in Florida triggered violent protests and more than sixteen deaths. Today I want to get to the truly guilty parties in these murders: the Muslims who rioted and killed those people.
I really don't understand this. How is it that a two-bit Baptist preacher in Florida is taken seriously by Muslims? This guy can barely scrape up enough money to maintain a small church and a pitiful congregation. If it weren't for the Muslim reaction, this guy would be nothing but a passing joke, another loser that could barely make the back page of the newspaper on his best day.
One of the things I've learned in life is that we give power to people who make us angry. When someone tries to hurt me, the worst thing I can do to that person is to not even notice. If someone launches a nasty attack on me, my best response is, "I'm sorry, did you say something? I wasn't paying attention."
On the other hand, if I respond to my attacker with a vigorous defense and counterattack, then my attacker knows that I've been hurt. He knows I actually care what he thinks. Just by getting me to respond, he's won the first battle. In some ways, the actual outcome doesn't even matter. I might devastate my critic's case with overwhelming facts and logic, but he still wins because he forced me to pay attention. For the duration of the exchange, I was in my critic's control.
That is exactly what the Muslims are doing by reacting to Terry Jones. The man was a nobody. He was a dufus, a complete loser. Now he's famous. News reporters are clamoring for interviews. General Petraeus, the head of the Afghanistan campaign, had to speak up. Even the President of the United States said something to Jones. It would have ended there if the Muslims had ignored Jones completely. The Qur'an is burned and nothing can bring it back. But now Jones is even more famous than ever. And he won't stop. He's planning to put Islam itself on trial before his Christian god and find Islam guilty of something or other. More people will probably die.
What's worse, the Muslims are letting Terry Jones manipulate them. A two-bit, no-count preacher in a tiny church in Florida has become a puppet master, pulling the strings of Muslims half way around the world. And it's only possible because those Muslims are playing his game.
They've made Jones famous and made themselves look foolish.
Maybe I don't understand Islam, but it seems to me that by giving Jones and others like him so much attention, Muslims are actually hurting their own cause. Isn't their faith strong enough? Do they really fear a crazy old Christian in Florida so much?
If Muslims want to show their strong faith and show that Islam is the religion of peace, they should completely ignore Jones.