A proposed Koran burning shocked the world. Too bad YouTube has been showing the real thing for years.
First, the back story. As you likely know, the Great Koran Bonfire of 2010 has been called off. Nutty Florida pastor Terry Jones has put his lighter fluid away for another day, saying he won't torch the holy book in front of international cameras on 9/11.
But if it's religious desecration you condemn, stop being hypocritical. Jones was about to do something that has already been done -- many, many times in the past. The media treated his plan like a dangerous new idea that threatened the republic's safety when, in all actuality, it was a copycat exercise.
Why? Because Jones dubious religious/political statement is already sitting there on one of America's most popular Web sites: YouTube. And it's been there since at least 2007.
I'll pause for the outrage.
You can go to YouTube right now and watch people burn the genuine Koran. In fact, the books are desecrated in every way imaginable (I won't go into more of the offensive methods). Some of the videos give a warning beforehand, but that's just lip service. Anybody can get past this gate.
Of course, it's not just the Koran. You've got the Bible burning (one video has 52,000 views), the American flag burning (Penn & Teller do it, 112,000 views), Mexican flag burning (91,000 views), Confederate flag burning (25,000 views) -- you name it, it's all there burning on YouTube. Just do a simple search.
But the Koran (and 9/11) is a special situation, right? We're fighting a war against radical Islamists, right? The president said Jones was going to put American lives in danger and the State Department warned Americans against travel. But if this is true, what about YouTube and its parent company, Google? Aren't they doing the same thing by providing an outlet for such dangerous behavior? They don't show porn, do they? Well, what's more dangerous?
Maybe it's time for YouTube to face criticism. Perhaps the site should take down such "dangerous" images -- for the protection of national security.
If you think Terry Jones was wrong (or about to be wrong if he went through with it) -- then you have to protest YouTube as well. You can't have it both ways.