September 10, 2010
Floridansanity: Mosque BBQ — Now With Cammo Twist!
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If you thought the symbolism couldn’t get any starker or more indictable in terms of hallmark American institutions becoming over-identified with Quran burning, what we see coming out of Gainesville from Terry Jones’ church/outreach center is this fabulous merger of five iconic American mainstays: the church; the cross; the flag; the media; and now, most dramatically, the U.S. military.
How good it must make bin Laden feel, knowing that, nearly nine years to the day of his heinous act, it would inspire such a scene: a pro-burn, ex-Marine, in uniform (standing for 150k potential U.S. human targets in Iraq and Afghanistan), brandishing a super-sized Old Glory , in front of a cross-emblazoned Quran-burning church, posing for a circle of camera-people eager for the money shot.