Never apologize unless …

Never apologize unless it wasn’t what you intended.

What is it with these people?  That swimmer downunder who, in response to a victory over South Africa, supposedly said, “Take that, you faggots,” and was then set upon by the gay lobby – why then did she break down into a blubbering mess, apologizing to everyone, purportedly to save her sponsorship deals?

It’s not a nice thing to say, it’s an ignorant thing but it’s what she believes.  To hell with the government’s removal of free speech – if that’s how she feels, then that’s how she feels.  She then has to wear the ostracism.  End of story.

But don’t apologize, dearie.

Now to this pastor in the U.S.:

Koran burning cancelled after global condemnation

The pastor of a small church in Florida that planned to burn copies of the Koran on September 11 has called off the event after worldwide condemnation and warnings of a deadly Islamic backlash.

W-h-a-a-a-a-a-a-t-t-t!!!  Look, maybe it wasn’t a good idea, maybe your Christian brothers and sisters have made you think twice, maybe you thought it out and realized it’s not very libertarian to burn books.  Fine – those are all good reasons to desist, just as there are reasons to go ahead – the Koran and the hadiths following it are an abomination on this earth after all, a recipe for worldwide human misery and those taking advantage of them, as Barking Spider has illustrated in a number of posts, are the scum of the earth but one thing that that pastor should never do is bloody well bow to pressure from the very people whose books he’s burning.

I mean, of all the reasons, of all the actions he might have taken, that is not one which should be considered at all.  Backlash from the Taliban?  Look, we’re an invading army for goodness sake, a foreign power in Afghanistan – backlash is the name of the game 24/7 over there.  So what’s that got to do with burning Korans?

Personally, I think it’s not a good idea – I wouldn’t do it because of the overtones of bookburning but that doesn’t stop us bringing the facts to the people.  Better to give a powerpoint presentation in a shopping mall and be arrested for a hate crime by the hate crimers – at least it will publicize the message.

The bottom line is – only say or do what you truly believe in, then defend your actions with good reasons but never, ever apologize for that.

6 comments for “Never apologize unless …

  1. September 10, 2010 at 07:59

    You could apologise for American spelling, I suppose. Apart from that, agreed.

  2. JD
    September 10, 2010 at 08:50

    There used to be a bumper sticker in the South saying-
    “what would Jesus do?”

    So, is Rev. Terry Jones a Christian?

  3. September 10, 2010 at 09:07

    I was under the impression that he wasn’t going to go through with it because he had some deal with the backers of the mosque in New York – he won’t burn if they won’t build. Now the mosque is saying ‘what deal?’ So he’s reconsidering.

    Anyways, what has burning a book to do with what he believes? His church and website run a small industry round anti-islam messages and books. No one can be in any doubt on what figures highly in his messages and beliefs. The book burning is just publicity and has no bearing on his beliefs or his message.

    Threats and suchlike have been made because of his planned book burning, not because he thinks Islam is a pile of tosh. And who receives these threats and has to live with them daily? Certainly not Terry Jones. It’s the Christians in muslim dominated countries, both western and indigenous. The Anglican church in Baghdad has already received death threats against Canon Andrew White and the church itself because of what Jones is doing. You can bet that the Copts, Assyrians and other groupings will have yet more misery inflicted on them because of the actions of this idiot, not his beliefs.

  4. September 10, 2010 at 09:47

    Er yez, Mark – the zpelling. I’ve a few American readerz, zatz my excuze.

    JD – straight to the heart of it.

    Chris – a few words here in my comment won’t even begin to touch this dilemma.

  5. MadPiper
    September 13, 2010 at 13:25

    I’d like to know why this pastor of a tiny congregation got any attention in the first place! Now the idea of stirring up Mohammedans to excess is simply ludicrous. They get excited over rumors. Remember the alleged flushing of Korans that was proven false?

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