Reverend Terry Jones and 30 constituents of the Dove World Outreach Center Church in Gainesville, Florida held a “trial” on March 20th as part of their “International Judge the Quran Day.” After a five-hour process, the Quran was found guilty and sentenced to be burned. The church confirmed that a picture on their website of a book in flames in a small portable pit was the Quran.
Last year when Rev. Jones first announced his plans to burn the holy book to “stop Islam” many U.S. leaders spoke out against the act. General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said that Jones’s plan“could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort”. Defense Secretary Robert Gates personally called the Reverend to ask him not to do it. Obviously Jones ignored the pleas to demonstrate tolerance and the warnings of increased violence and went through with his hateful plan anyway.
Three mullahs seeking revenge for the burning at the church, urged thousands of protesters to take their frustration to the streets which eventually led them to taking out that frustration on a U.N. compound in North Afghanistan today, resulting in the deaths of at least 12 people. 7 of the dead were U.N. workers from Nepal, Romania, Sweden and Norway according to United Nations officials in New York, while 5 were Afghans. There were early reports, later denied by Afghan officials, that at least two of the dead had been beheaded. 27 people were arrested on charges of inciting violence and are suspected of possibly being a part of the Taliban.
The Reverend doesn’t believe he bares any responsibility for the violence saying “We must hold these countries and people accountable for what they have done as well as for any excuses they may use to promote their terrorist activities”. Even after being warned what his burning of the Quran could lead to in the Muslim world, the Reverend went ahead and carried his plan out anyway. Knowing that those who use Islam for their own means would use something like this to prop up the hatred they promote, the Reverend did it anyway. Knowing that his savior Jesus Christ would never endorse such a hateful act, the Reverend did it anyway. The Afghans who took innocent peoples lives today will hopefully pay for their horrendous actions. Burning someone’s holy book is asinine but killing someone else over it is obviously stupid beyond definition.
Let’s all just hope that the next time the Rev. decides to poke the hornet’s nest it’s not from 1,000s of miles away across an ocean from the safety of his little bubble in Gainesville Florida, but up close and personal. What do you say Reverend? Want to hold Islam responsible for it’s actions? How about a trip over to the Middle East? I’m sure there’s a ton of Qurans over there you could burn. I’ll even pay for your ticket, one way of course.