Saturday, September 11, 2010

'Tea Party Leader' Rips Pages From Koran

The sillines continues. Here we have an AFP dispatch accompanied by a photo with the caption "Tea Party leader from Indiana Andrew Beacham reads a page of the Koran before ripping it out". Turns out he's affiliated with fringe kook Randal Terry.
A small group of conservative Christians tore some pages from a Koran in a protest outside the White House Saturday to denounce what they called the "charade of Islam" on the anniversary of 9/11.

"Part of why we're doing that, please hear me: the charade that Islam is a peaceful religion must end," said Randall Terry, a leading anti-abortion campaigner, and one of six people who took part in the protest.

Another activist, Andrew Beacham, read out a few Koran passages calling for hatred towards Christians and Jews, and then ripped those pages from an English paperback edition of the Islamic holy book.

He carefully put the torn pieces into a plastic bag, in order not to litter, and said: "The only reason I will not burn it at the White House is because to burn anything on the Capitol grounds is a felony."

Beacham, who describes himself as a leader of the rightwing conservative Tea Party from Indiana, added: "The Twin Towers were taken down because of the Koran and other religious teachings."
Indeed, Beacham is listed here as an "event coordinator".

I'm more than a bit suspicious about these alleged tea partiers who go around issuing press releases on their own. Also, considering this Beacham is hooked up with Randall Terry, why is it Terry has nothing to do with the Tea Party? And if this crank Beacham is some kind of "leader," why has he got only 38 followers on Twitter? Dude, that's fewer followers than the Koran-burning schmuck in Florida.


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