Though the pastor finally backed down from the burning after international pressure (sorry, but can anyone say drama queen? He had to get two world leaders, military leaders and claims that he could ignite World War III, in order for him to pour sand over the fire), it wasn't the act itself that has me so interested but rather the reaction.
Every group, religious or non, has their crazies. The village idiots, if you will.
Our village idiots are Islamic extremists that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ranging from the deadly bomb-wielding kind down to the Uncle-ji at the Masjid who will loudly proclaim that you're going to hell because you have a Christian friend. The majority of 1.5 Billion of us can agree that this is a fortunately tiny group within our ranks that certainly doesn't represent us. Yet, of course (it seems almost tiresome saying it now), the media will have even us believe that we're all crazy Terrorists.
But, I'm glad for Terry Jones.
Because Americans got a taste of their own medicine. Their village idiots, the kind that bomb abortion clinics (an act I fully can't wrap my head around), rednecks and the like have been relegated to the back burner. We don't hear about them, not really. However, with Terry Jones it seems America's dirty laundry has been aired.
Let me give you a scenario:
It's a bright September morning, the birds are tweeting and the sun is shining. All is well in the Joneses home, the Joneses are also Evangelical. But that doesn't mean they don’t welcome their Muslim neighbours over for supper, after all aren't 'We all God's children' as their Pastor says? Mr. Jones switches on the TV and is very perturbed to see what appears to be a wild-eyed, scruffy looking man (and he uses man in the loosest sense of the term as the person on screen resembles a step back in the evolutionary process, if anything). The ape-man begins talking and Mr. Jones shouts aloud in alarm and calls Mrs. Jones in; this man (identified as Pastor Terry Jones) is apparently one of them?
Both Mr and Mrs Jones stare at the screen in shock as Pastor Jones starts spewing phrases like, 'Death to Mozlems!' or 'Izzzlam is a CURSE!" with such intense fervor they can see spittle flying out of his mouth.
Mrs Jones turns to Mr Jones and says, "Oh dear! This strange man doesn't represent all Americans…or all Evangelical Christians! What will people say? Should I stop wearing my cross and my American Flag sneakers?!"
If it's not apparent from my drawn out scene, the reaction to Terry Jones from his 'fellow' Americans and Evangelical Christians has been pretty much…shock and a need for them to disassociate themselves from him. And to me this is simply just desserts. Well perhaps not quite as just as I'd like it, but oh boy is it sweet. To see some many of the same people who had negatively stereotyped 1.5 billion Muslims, immediately shout out, 'oh no nononnonono we all aren't like that! They're just a small group of very loud nutcases!' and then having these same people fear that the Muslims are going to perceive that all Americans are like Terry Jones and his ignorance fellowship is just awesome.
True their fear was very short lived, but, for a moment there I was a little glad. Because what America got with Terry Jones, was a taste of its own poison. Some of them felt a tiny bit of what it's like to have to apologize for something they had no part in, they had to fear unwarranted hatred toward them based on anothers actions and overall they now knew how easy it is to feel unjustly represented by one major butt.
Now, I'm not saying that all Americans were anti-Terry. A minority was all for Qu'ran Burning. And yes, the normal, sane majority of Americans didn't feel the same level of fear we as Muslims have, since 9/11.
But, in a small way, they felt what it was to be hated, at some level, for no good reason.