Well, they didn't actually apologize but they said they were wrong. Close enough for me.
Sometimes the truth gets in the way of a great story. Here I was all prepared for the news that some dumbass, thinking he could take the hate out of a few million Islamists around the world, burned that holy book; a savage himself controlled only by his own hatred. A registered Republican. Who drives an SUV. The truth, it turns out, is so dull.
Rash thinking leads to a wrong conclusion
Respect, not hatred, caused partially burned Qurans to be
left at a Blacksburg mosque.
The story behind burned Qurans found on the steps of the Islamic Center of Blacksburg serves as a reminder that rash judgments based on emotional responses often are in error.
The Roanoke Times reacted in much the same way as the community when the story broke last month. Only profound contempt of Muslims could motivate such a despicable act, we noted editorially.
As it turns out, a Muslim studying at Virginia Tech, and preparing for a trip to Egypt, left the charred remnants at the mosque out of respect for the Islamic holy book. (link)
Well, these parts are chock full o' dumbasses to write stories about.
Looney was watching a crime being committed. He did nothing to stop it. He therefore had to be filled with hate. Judge Looney, or is it Bo, unable to sentence Bo Looney to death, throws him in prison for five years (to prove that he is not filled with hate, Bo suspends a good bit of the sentence).
19-year-old to serve 8 months for hate crime
By Jonathan Cribbs , Roanoke Times
The prosecutor says it doesn't matter if the man spray painted the messages - he was there and didn't try to stop it.
FINCASTLE - A Montvale man will serve eight months in jail for convictions on several vandalism charges, including a felony hate crime, related to an August spray-painting spree in Botetourt County.
In Botetourt Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Malfourd "Bo" Trumbo sentenced James Richard Looney, 19, to five years with all but eight months suspended for destruction of property based on race, a felony hate crime. He also was sentenced to five years in prison, all suspended, on 10 other destruction of property charges. In August, Looney and two other males, Joseph Richard Luck, then 18, and a 17-year-old spray painted houses, mailboxes and signs, sprayed profanities on Rainbow Forest Baptist Church and three church vans and painted "KKK" on the home and car of a black family. (link)
Yes, we seem to have a heap of dumbasses around here. And so many stories to screw up.