Terry Jones probably feels smug right about now.

He went out and burned a Koran, on the principle that doing so would likely provoke a bunch of hardline Islamists somewhere to erupt in murderous violence, and… a bunch of hardline Islamists erupted in murderous violence.  I got nothing against Islam and nothing against Muslims (at least, I got nothing against the ones not actively trying to kill either me, or my country’s friends and allies, at the moment); and I got a lot of problems with burning books.  But I also got a lot of problems with arson and murder being treated as a reasonable response to a religious insult.

Which is (unfortunately) kind of Jones’ point, damn his eyes.

Koran burning called off.



Terry Jones, the controversial pastor, said on Saturday that neither he nor his church would follow through on plans to burn copies of the Koran. In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Jones said repeatedly and emphatically that the event, originally scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was canceled and would not take place at any time.

“We feel that God is telling us to stop,” he said.

Well… God, or at least the man’s PR guy. Continue reading Koran burning called off.