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What was left out? Why would a newspaper in the Finnish western city of Seinäjoki be interested in the Islamphobic ideas and actions of Terry Jones? The headline, “pastor who has burned Korans isn’t scared of Islamists,” raises a lot of questions. Why was this story in particular published and what is its real message after the Charlie Hebdo attack? Is the aim to reinforce our fears and suspicions of Muslims? Why doesn’t Ilkka mention in the story that this person is off his rocker? Why doesn’t the daily inform us that he was listed in 2011 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization, as one of 10 people in the United States’ “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.” Jones is a good example of Islamophobic extremism in the United States. All we are told by Ilkka is that his life is in danger because he burns Korans.