Ridiculous Pastor Burns Quran, Spawns Protests
We really don’t know where to start on this one. Pastor Terry Jones, who has the nerve to call himself a man of God, had planned to burn a Quran last year on the anniversary of 9/11. The nation waited, with many trying to convince him not to do it and to think of the international repercussions such actions would bring. It seems that, for some reason, he listened and all was good with the world. That was last year.
This year, Jones didn’t even wait for 9/11 to roll around. What provoked the Quran burnings which took place in March? Jones and his church put the holy book on trial. Yes, you read that correctly. With no legal jurisdiction whatsoever, and using an inanimate object in place of an actual defendant, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida had a trial for the Quran. The obviously biased congregation found it guilty and chose to burn it. Here’s Jones in his own words:
“We had a court process. We tried to set it up as fair as possible, which you can imagine, of course, is very difficult.”
The trial took six hours with Jones serving as judge of course, and also featured a Christian convert from Islam as a prosecutor and an Imam from Dallas as the defense attorney. The charges? That the Quran endorses and promotes violence.
Burning (after an hour soaked in kerosene) was the most popular choice of punishment, chosen by Facebookers who opted to weigh in. Other options included drowning, shredding and facing a firing squad.
What we have here is a failure to communicate and/or comprehend reality. First of all, no inanimate object, not even a holy book, can make anyone do anything. The book in and of itself is not the issue. Yes, there are extreme and violent individuals in all religions. Those people do not make the books or religions evil. People must be held responsible for their own individual actions. There are countless Christians who have committed seriously heinous crimes—some of them in the church—yet most of us do not question the nature of Christianity.
Jones’s trial and protest has caused protests to launch all over the world. If Muslims burned the Bible, Jones would probably take it as proof positive that Islam is a violent religion. That said, what has he “proven” or what message has he sent about Christianity?
Being that tensions are already relatively high between these two religions over the past several years (especially in Western society), Jones is literally adding fuel to the fire. It would truly be unfortunate if this reprehensible act proves to bring about violence. Jones is obviously a few pews short of a sanctuary and hopefully there is not a bigger debt to be paid by our country, soldiers, or other officials because of his foolishness.