Pastor Terry Jones cancels Quran burning -- Hallelujah!
I'm not sure what made Pastor Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center decide to cancel plans for a Quran burning on Sept. 11. But I say: Hallelujah!
He certainly wasn't moved by the charged commentary aimed at him here on Read Street. Or by my rabbi's cautionary Rosh Hashanah sermon, noting that Muslims seem to have replaced Jews as "the other" group eyed warily by Western society -- and urging Jews to reject that fear. I doubt it was the FBI visits or the criticism from President Obama. Or even the near-unanimous vilification directed at Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center. But maybe, just maybe, it was the sense that no one was going to come to his party, as Fox News and others decided not to broadcast it.
If Pastor Terry Jones is giving up his 15 minutes of fame (or infamy), it must be because he has a shot at 30 minutes. Just picture the small-town pastor riding into New York City, trying to broker a deal to move the proposed mosque near the Ground Zero. Talk about your dream photo op! Now that's worth swapping marshmallows for Qurans at the next bonfire.