books and flags

Gainesville, Florida is a peaceful town, a quiet town.  I know because I used to live there.  In fact, my daughter was born in Gainesville and I would love to move back.  It’s family-oriented, focused on education, and safe.  During the six years I lived there the biggest crime to happen was Steve Spurrier’s retirement.  Okay, so it wasn’t a crime although some Gator fans would disagree.

This is why it’s so hard for me to imagine how a small “Christian” (a term I use loosely) congregation situated on the northwest side of town could have possibly fueled the fire that is burning this flag:


How is it that Terry Jones could even expect to have much support in a town like Gainesville?  This is a college town overseen by the elected gay mayor.  It’s a speck on the map that wouldn’t exist were it not for the progressive-thinking, open-minded students who triple the population for 9 months of the year.  They come to the University of Florida to be enlightened, to gain experiences and understand the differences among the other 40,000 students who probably came here for the same reason. 

And then to think he could magically convince an entire religion to accept his demands to move an already planned multi-million dollar mosque in New York City?  Who the hell does this man think he is?

Well, I think he’s crazy.  Not crazy like Dude, you’re NEVER gonna get a thousand people to help you burn copies of the Qu’ran!  That’s crazy!  I mean crazy like Why?  Why would you even want to get a thousand people to help you burn the Qu’ran?  That’s crazy.  And incredibly sad.

Terry Jones is no different from them.


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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