In a post titled “Glenn Beck, the traitor” I worried that the bad economy would stimulate bigotry. I worried that people like Glenn Beck would stir up the mob, just for personal gain.

It began with the made-up outrage about a mosque two blocks away from “ground zero.” (Never mind that strip clubs, betting parlors, taverns and other riff-raff are the same distance away. Strip clubs, yes. House of worship, no.) The idea was that since Muslims had sent those airplanes, all American Muslims are guilty. (No one believes all Christians are guilty of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Holocaust, the Russian pogroms and the Spanish Inquisition.)

No sooner were the words off my computer than Terry Jones said he would burn Korans. Now, according to ABC News: “In Springfield, Tenn., Rev. Bob Old has vowed to burn three copies of the Koran in his backyard and plans to videotape it, later uploading it onto the popular video streaming website YouTube. In Cheyenne, Wyo., Duncan Philp, the founder of the Wyoming Tyranny Response Team, plans to burn a copy of the Koran on the steps of the State Capitol on Saturday, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., which became infamous for heckling funerals of U.S. soldiers, also has said it will hold a Koran burning.

How sad it is, that when the chips are down, Americans will forget what made us American, and follow the lowest, least American element. How sad it is that the Palins of the world, who love to wave the flag, are so personally ambitious, they will join in with the bigoted bashing, saying the house of worship should be moved away from this “holy” site.

Glenn Beck, see what you have done to America? Today, I’m ashamed for my country. And frightened. Who knows? I could be next on the bigot list. So could you.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell