This Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Gainesville’s “Pastor” Terry Jones and his 50 followers are seeking to inflame world religious tensions by burning a pile of Qurans. This alone is bad enough, considering so many world figures — ranging from Pope Ratz (claiming to be a man of peace) to General David Petraeus (whose profession is war) — rightly condemn this ill-considered and religiously-bigoted action on the part of a self-proclaimed Man of God who seeks to foment war over peace. Even Sarah Palin has come out against this.
But Jones is apparently planning on making his faux-Christian transcendental travesty much worse The Miami Herald reports that Jones will also burn copies of the Talmud: “…pastor also plans to burn copies of the Talmud, a sacred Jewish text.” The source of this news is being spread by The Dubai Forums, and comes from “an interview [with Jones] on The Ugly Truth Podcast, hosted by independent journalist Mark Glenn and co-hosted by Nashid Abdul Khaaliq of www.ascertainthetruth.com.”
I can hear the Israeli media spinning up now!
Formal diplomatic relations of the US government with Muslim entities date back to 1796. More recently, Jones’ hometown of Gainesville, FL was the site of a combined protest against Jones conducted jointly by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clerics, and Gainesville was praised by resident Muslims: “People here are a lot more open and accepting than I expected for a town in the middle of the Bible Belt.”
I cannot explain why Jones insists on persisting with this asinine action in the face of so much criticism from all corners of the globe. It seems to me that he considers himself another John Brown, who arguably sought to end a crime and a sin against humanity with violence, instead of fomenting one as Jones is. Jones is clearly is not paying attention to people much wiser than he. Nor is he paying attention to those much wealthier than he, for he has lost his property insurance and the mortgage on his “church”, which has been called in for immediate repayment. Cleary, both private businesses fear losses.
For now, reports indicate that Pakistani organizers of Muslim protests against Jones are restraining their followers from including official representatives of America as the targets of their righteous outrage. But that restraint will end the moment the first Quran is torched.
It really is time to ask yourself “What Would Jesus Do” and then take that action yourself. Just be prepared to show where in the Bible it says he did what you choose to emulate. Otherwise, you are no more a man of God than is Jones himself.