The media was not responsible either, but it has been guilty of abandoning all sense of perspective, and is running the risk of sacrificing much more. Despite being wholly unrepresentative, Jones was treated as though he was giving crude expression to an overwhelming western sentiment.
His proposed action, though in itself stood to injure no one, was presented as if it were a heinous crime (sections of the media are now demanding that he “repent”). In stark contrast, Islamic intolerance is relatively commonplace, and its victims are many and far-flung. But it is either ignored or semi-excused by references to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The persecution of Christianity and other religions and the murderous bullying of critics in the West is all part of an attempt by extremists to subjugate and dominate, and to replace western cultures and values with their own. Our mainstream media has reacted by adopting the ludicrous hyper-sensitivities of the absolutists while turning a blind eye to their vicious intolerance.
This is an important point. Elements within the media play directly into the hands of the extremists. Are they just 'neutral observers'? No, of course, they are not.
Hyperbole? Is there anyone who thinks Western Civilisation is on the ascendant? Sure, our societies are getting fairer and more just, but our influence is world affairs is lessening. A greater proportion of the world's population live according to Islam now that ever before, and that Islam is becoming more and more intolerant as the effects of Saudi money take hold. In fact, "their" ideas and values are seeping into the West far faster than "ours" are, and what progress has been made there is being reversed.
Communist China heads for major power status and is now more economically significant than Japan. "Third World" values take hold in the west and are proving nearly impossible to eradicate, largely thanks to multiculturalism and it's pathetic inability to tell right from wrong. Western taxpayers subsidise Middle Eastern family "values" and lifestyles that are unsustainable without government assistance.
Western birthrates pale in comparison to Asian and African numbers and there is no evidence, despite claims to the contrary, that immigrants from those places typically adapt to Western levels of reproduction on arrival in Europe, Australia and America.
The future seems bleak, and it's hard to predict anything other than a scenario whereby Conservatives and Nationalists battle to protect Western values against the encroachment of tyrannical, misogynistic, illiberal and primitive worldviews, while liberals and (some) Socialists worry about 'diversity' and engineering a society that will be occupying a smaller and smaller political, economic and geographical space as time progresses.
Meanwhile, we'll be busily arresting folks for burning korans while large parts of Europe are on fire.