Times Square: anti-Islamic pastor Terry Jones muted by crowd of people singing "All You Need is Love"

NY Times video, "In Times Square, protestors counter an anti-Islamic speech by pastor Terry Jones ... by singing the Beatles."


  1. I’m not sure I get the “keep back 200 feet” line on the back of his shirt. Is it a bomb threat? A bullshit legal warning to keep counter-protesters away? An admission of personal hygiene as vile as his public discourse?

    1. I was wondering that too. Is keeping back 200 feet EVEN POSSIBLE in Times Square? Or anywhere in NYC? 
      Maybe the 200 foot warning refers to the immense power of the man’s farts. Still, they can’t possibly smell as bad as the effluent coming out of his mouth.

  2. Hey, I love Terry Jones. The Life Of Brian is one of my favorite movies, and I think he’s hosted some really wonderful documentaries about the Crusades and the Romans and…oh, wait…it’s not that Terry Jones…

  3. “Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11”.

    Let’s be fair here…

    “Everything I need to know about [Pick an organised religion] I learned on [Pick an atrocity]”

    1. Heck, why even limit it to organized religions? It’s a handy formula for avoiding critical thinking for all kinds of topics!

    2. Totally. I prefer the dewy innocence of Stalinism to the hell religions impose on those they come into contact with.

        1. Maybe I was being a little straw mannish but I’ve just seen so many people arguing lately to the tune of “if we could just get rid of religion we’ll be free of bigoted genocidal systems of thought control” and (not saying you here) so often the argument goes as far as sympathizing with some sort of justification for the forcible eradication of religion, demonization of people with non-biomaterialist/scientistic belief systems. It just seems to me like once we choose an enemy to declare war with we become the same evil we war against.

          I like the way you put that BTW.

          1. I totally understand why someone might believe in a higher power. Cults aren’t are a positive way to reinforce that belief.

            But no, for what it’s worth I’m mostly happy for people to do as they please assuming it doesn’t harm others – every religion, like almost every group of people will have some good eggs, and some rotten ones.

            It’s people that suck.

    3. Everything I need to know about an [organised religion] I learned by reading their [holy texts].

      More terrifying than the subsequent interpretations of groups or individuals; it’s the basis.  

  4. Perhaps that is what the counter-protestors could do to Phelps et al. There are a number of requiems that are quite beautiful, and can be sung by a large group (with their backs to the Phelpians). Perhaps “all you need is love” was a good pick (whether or not it happened)– we should go all yellow submarine and fight hate with music.

        1. Jones isn’t demonic, he’s willfully ignorant.  I wouldn’t want to give the lout a promotion.

        2. Rock songs are usually terrible for crowd singing, and this video, as sweet as it is, is an example.  Much more powerful and effective would be something like Amazing Grace.  Of course, the anti-religion cohort might get angry, but old hymns and spirituals have a long history of use as protest songs.

          1. (I’m going to go blind replying to myself) There are some nice fortissimo parts of A German Requiem that would be very gratifying to sing at a protest– And, yet! The lord’s word endureth forevermore! The redeemed of the lord shall return again and come rejoicing… talk about taking back the bible from those who would misuse it for hate. Our choral conductor in college also conducted the Gay men’s choir and I can only imagine them belting this out.

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