Tuesday, September 7, 2010

US pastor Terry Jones promises to hold Koran burning


...to send a warning "to the radical element of Islam".

"We wanted to send a very clear message to them that we are not interested in their Sharia law," he said.

"And we do not tolerate their threats, their fear, their radicalness. We live in the United States of America."

We are not interested in your Shari'a and will not tolerate your threats... hmm... we all should be saying more of the same!!

If a group of Muslims could build a mosque on ground zero ~ as offensive as that is ~ under freedom of religion. The pastor should be able to burn a Koran ~ under freedom of expression. This is his protest.



THE pastor of a small Florida church has promised to hold a Koran burning in defiance of a top US commander who warned his actions will spark violent ractions in the Islamic world.

Terry Jones said he had given "serious" consideration to the concerns expressed by US commander General David Petraeus over plans to torch the Koran, but remained ademant the event would proceed anyway.

Pastor Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Center in the town of Gainesville, said the burning would take place to mark the September 11 terror attacks and would send a message to Muslim extremists.

"We are taking the general's words very serious," he said before noting he had "firmly made up his mind" to go ahead with burning the Muslim holy book.

"I mean, how long, when does America stand for truth?" he asked..

"Instead of us being blamed for what other people will do or might do, why don't we send a warning to them?

"Why don't we send a warning to radical Islam and say, don't do it. If you attack us, if you attack us, we will attack you," he said.

In a statement, Gen Petraeus, who is the US commander of the Afghan war, expressed concern that the planned torching of the Koran would be a propaganda coup for Islamic extremists.

But the pastor insisted that the Koran torching to be held on Saturday aimed "to remember those who were brutally murdered on September 11th" and to send a warning "to the radical element of Islam".

"We wanted to send a very clear message to them that we are not interested in their Sharia law," he said.

"And we do not tolerate their threats, their fear, their radicalness. We live in the United States of America."

The pastor's words sparked violent protest in the Afghan capital of Kabul where hundreds turned out to burn an effigy of the outspoken Christian during a demonstration.

Protesters railed against the US and called for President Barack Obama's death before denouncing the American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book.

2 comments:

Markus said...

Come on guys, there is no "ground zero mosque" (unless you declare lower Manhattan ground zero) and nothing in the Bible that would give this man the right to judge others, Christian or not, and deliberately escalate an international conflict. Blessed are the Peacemakers, not the troublemakers who, with such childish games, will only unnecessarily endanger lives around the globe. As an American, you have the right to express your opinion until it infringes upon the freedom of others, but as a Christian you only have the right to forgive.

Cole said...

It is like the picture of the Prophet with a Bomb in his turban ~ satire and protest are similar. This man has chosen to express himself by burning a Koran on 9/11.

What can we say!!

The argument is if he doesn't burn the book we wont get attacked ~ yea right!

He's burning the book on 9/11. To mark the day when 1000's of people died ~ killed by those following that book!

And where does it go from here ~~ we can't say this because we will be attacked ~ we can't do that because we will be attacked ~ pretty soon it will be we can't wear this because we might get attacked....

Pretty soon we will be subdued. [Koran 9:29]

The GZ mosque plans are offensive and no one seems to mind ~ under freedom of religion. The same can be said of the pastor who will set alight a holy Koran on private property. Using the same reasoning from the GZ mosque ~ which Mayor Bloomberg explained so well ~ how can we argue otherwise.

The GZ mosque is offensive to some ~ and so will the burning of the Koran be ~ but that's the breaks for freedom.