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No One Expects The Religious Imposition!

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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.

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  • http://www.politicsplus.org/blog TomCat

    Hi Realist. First, thanks for your visit and comment at Politics Plus.

    On topic, Jesus faced hypocritical religious right extremists too, called Pharisees and Sadducees. He opposed them. Therefore I oppose Jones and his fellow Republicans.

  • http://adreamersholiday.blogsop.com Lee Richards

    I agree with most of your article but not with looking to the Bible for an example to emulate. Making an idol of that book and misusing it through perverted interpretations and ignorance has caused as much conflict and bigotry throughout history as anything I can think of.
    Rather, we might ask ourselves what path for us is most ethical, moral, just, peaceful, honest, decent, and humane, following the wisest minds from the past who have written and spoken about such things.
    Could anyone’s God be displeased with that?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/realist Realist

    @Lee Richards

    You misread my comment regarding the Bible. What I suggest is that Terry Jones (and as it turns out, Fred Phelps) and anyone else who claims to be following the word of their Christian God and Jesus to be able to point out where in the gospels of the Acts of the Apostles where Jesus did as they do. I am of the considered opinion that they cannot.

    Otherwise, I return to my position that anything not shared among the so-called sacred texts in common is invalid and should be heeded.

  • Baronius

    Does is bother anyone that a bank is foreclosing on a church because they don’t approve of his message? Or that Time is printing anti-free-speech opinion peices as news?

  • Clavos

    I get your point, Baronius, but the bank is as free as Jones is to express their opinion in whatever way they want…

    As is Time, for that matter…

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Does is bother anyone that a bank is foreclosing on a church…?

    Wasn’t that the plot of “Going My Way”? I am imagining a hilariously perverse remake.

    Anyhow, I suspect nonpayment may also be an issue with the bank. The Dove Center keep their heads above water by selling used furniture on eBay.

  • Baronius

    Are they, Clavos? Would it be legal for a bank to pull out of financing the Cordoba House on the basis of ideology? Anyway, the pastor is a fool if he can’t figure out how to raise $140K. He could sell tickets to the event, put it on a pay internet site, or just sell exclusive interview rights (which he should have been doing the past week anyway).

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/realist Realist

    @Baronius

    If you were holding the mortgage on this property, would you continue to hold it knowing that the property insurance had been canceled due to the underwriter fearing retribution which would cause preventable damage? Somehow, I think not. No conservative would. Not even you. You would cancel the policy and call in the loan.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Making an idol of that book and misusing it through perverted interpretations and ignorance has caused as much conflict and bigotry throughout history as anything I can think of.

    So presumably proper use and correct interpretation of the bible would lead to…?

  • Clavos

    Would it be legal for a bank to pull out of financing the Cordoba House on the basis of ideology?

    Yeah, I think so, unless it were to be construed as racially motivated, which clearly is not the case with bank pulling the rug out from under Jones.

    And if it’s not legal for a bank to do so (except for racial reasons), it should be. Pulling a loan for any legal reason should only be the business of the bank and its owners (shareholders).

  • Baronius

    Good points.