Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Burn The Qu'ran And Damn The Torpedoes!

Having yesterday laughed that there's a "nutter" born every minute, one crawls out from under a rock and poses a serious problem..and some heavy questions too.
Rev.Terry Jones - a dangerous thinkerA Florida pastor plans to publically burn the Muslim holy book the Qur'an (Koran) this Saturday, despite condemnation from many quarters...including the NATO commander in Afghanistan!
Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre in Florida, plans to burn copies of the Qur'an on church grounds to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on USA. He says he's praying about the situation: "We are weighing the thing that we are about to do, what it could possibly cause, what is our actual message, what are we trying to get across. It's very, very important that America wakes up." The church has been denied a bonfire permit but will go ahead anyway.
Even the rumour of the event has sparked demonstrations - in Kabul yesterday, 200 protestors burnt U.S. flags and an effigy of Jones, chanted anti-US slogans and stoned a U.S. military convoy. General Petraeus has warned that the burning could endanger U.S. troops and Americans worldwide. The Vatican too has condemned the plan, saying it's contrary to the respect owed all religions and "against our doctrine and faith."
9/11Some people may feel it's 'tit-for-tat'...but actions by Christian extremists like Jones will surely be used by Muslim extremists around the world to inflame public opinion and incite violence.
Conversely, aren't we all entitled to our own opinions, and allowed to express them in our own long as no-one gets hurt? Is burning a manuscript actually hurting anyone? Is the indignation and humiliation of seeing a holy book destroyed, on a par with watching a country's flag burnt?
Doesn't the bible urge turning the other cheek?
What does the Qu'ran advocate?
Is this just the mad idea of an out-of-touch religious rambler, or the tip of an evangelistic iceberg?
Will the good pastor receive a midnight visit from ominous men with bulges under their armpits, telling him to stop forthwith?
One has to wonder what his message really is...
PS: 10 Sept.2010 - Bonfire back-down after a "friendly" (?) call from the US defence secretary. Jones also claims NY Muslims agreed to move the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque"...but this is denied. Either way, this wack-job's done a lot of damage. However, if no media had given him publicity, then this wouldn't have become as big and dangerous as it did!


Susie of Arabia said...

This guy is really scary - and of very questionable character...

Becky Travis, CA. said...

Whats wrong with this FREAK?! In the eyes of muslims we're all the same - haters of anything non-American, non-christian. But this is not so. Just as there are extremists under the Islamic flag, there are also plenty who call themselves godfearing christians who secretly HATE anything even remotely outside their tiny little world. I do not wish for anyone to burn his church down, but i hope someone in authority will STOP this stupid act!

Paula Sanchez, WV said...

I will pray for his soul. His mind seems to be already lost.

Anonymous said...

I think hes got a point. When do we say enough is enough? 9/11 was hell. I know that wasnt done by mainstream muslums but this will send a message to ALL muslums - dont mess with the U.S.!

Philbee, NZ said...

"Don't mess with the U.S.?"
May I suggest it's that very arrogance - perceived globally as the core attitude of ALL Americans - that may be at the root of so much anti-Americanism! Food for thought...?

I.Shuler said...

Is it not interesting that, when we see extremist westerners on the news, they so often resemble this man. There is a look about him that shows he is not entirely there!
But whether he carries out his burning or not, he has gained the publicity he sought. The damage has been done, without striking a single match.

Wendy said...

He has canceled his plans after huge pressure.