The rising hysteria over the plans of Florida’s Dove World Outreach Center to burn Korans on Saturday has taken a completely predictable turn: if for some reason Dove’s pastor, the Rev. Terry Jones, changes his mind, Westboor Baptist Church will take up the slack. According to the Ocala (FL) Star-Banner:

Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning if Gainesville’s Dove World Outreach Center calls its off.

“WBC burned the Koran once – and if you sissy brats of Doomed america bully Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center until they change their plans to burn that blasphemous tripe called the Koran, then WBC will burn it (again), to clearly show you some things,” the church announced in a news release this week.

Here’s the rest of the release, for those of you fascinated by the weird and grotesque:

First, God hates false prophets like Mohammed. Second, God hates pedophiles like Mohammed. And third, God hates Doomed america and its many idols, perversions and filthy manner of life.

On 9/11, God threw down those towers as an act of kindness to get your attention and warn you to repent. You would NOT have it, and instead only further perverted yourselves. Now – adding to your sins and crimes – you’ve gone on fool’s missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, slaughtering many thousands of civilians. What part of THOU SHALT NOT KILL don’t you understand?

Now Faint-Heart Pansy Petraeus tiptoes out of his tent to issue an altogether silly proclamation: Burning that book of Muslim perversion could endanger troops & the overall effort in Afghanistan. Is this thing on?! Those troops are in the crosshairs of a raging mad God! Pedophile Mohammed’s followers are NOTHING compared to the rage & vengeance of the Almighty God. Get real, wimps!

Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting that Jones has called it off, in return for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf moving his proposed community center/mosque. That seems really doubtful–I suspect Jones is just using the word of a central Florida imam that he would get a meeting with Rauf as cover to back off, having gotten the impression that maybe the U.S. government isn’t thrilled with him, after he got a visit from FBI agents earlier today. In any case, it’s pretty clear that the loonies may not be running the asylum, but they are certainly making a racket.

By the way, you may not realize it, but we’ve seen this idiocy before. Westboor did it two years ago, at which time no one paid any attention. Would that that had been the case this time.