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How Pastor Terry Jones Can Get Away With It

Pastor Terry Jones in March 2011

Burning the holy books which are interconnected with the hearts and souls of millions of people around the world is one of the most heinous and dreadful actions which one can think of. After decades of bloodshed and bigotry in the two World Wars, Civil War in the United States and Crusades against Muslims in the 11th and 12th centuries, burning the holy books can be interpreted as a new form of barbarity and ignorance in the modern era and an unforgivable crime which can be justified by no standards whatsoever.

Over the past decade, several cases of desecrating the holy book of Muslims, Quran, have been reported that incited the hatred and frustration of millions of Muslims and non-Muslims in the four corner of the globe.

In July 2010, an extremist Christian pastor Terry Jones gained widespread public attention when he announced that he would be burning copies of the Holy Quran on the anniversary of September 11 attacks for the alleged excuse that they were the Muslims who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and that Islam promotes violence and aggression. Of course such a terrible idea can be only issued by someone who suffers from an inferiority complex and yearns for attracting people’s attention. Taking a glance at the background of Terry Jones and what his former colleagues say about him, one can effortlessly figure out that the Christian pastor has always had an ambivalent personality and an air of self-importance which has made him an arrogant and supercilious man. After receiving an honorary degree from an unaccredited theology school in 1983 when he was 32, he began referring to himself as “Doctor” for which he was ultimately found guilty and condemned by a German administrative court.

Jones moved to Germany in 1981 and established a small church in Cologne named Christian Community of Cologne. As reported by the German publication “Der Spiegel,” the congregation fired him after a while, accusing him of spreading a “climate of fear and control” in the church. His colleagues say that he preached the congregants to beat their children with “rods” and also consumed the church funds for personal, improper purposes. What can be inferred from his biography is that the traces of sanity and reason can be barely found in his behavior and disposition.

In July 2010, he made the headlines by announcing his devilish plan for burning the copies of Holy Quran on an “International Burn a Quran Day.” Several heads of states, politicians, academicians, peace activists and journalists condemned his plan, and although he initially retreated from his decision, he finally set ablaze copies of the holy book of Muslims in Dove World Outreach Center’ss sanctuary on March 20, 2011.

Surprisingly, the Western politicians refused to express disapproval of this shocking venture and only stated that Terry Jones should cancel his plan simply because the lives of multinational forces in Iraq and Afghanistan might be endangered. Actually, the Western statesmen credulously overlooked the immoral and decadent nature of this action or simply refused to practice what they always preach: religious tolerance and diversity. Of course they would have no response to give if asked about the veracity of their claims of being supportive to religious freedom and tolerance. They offended and disappointed millions of Muslims with their silence and demonstrated that they have no respect for the beliefs of those who want to live alongside them in peace.

But the Quran burning controversy of 2011 did not mark an end to the adventurous ploys of Pastor Jones. The newspapers and TV stations across the world reported last week that Terry Jones once again burned copies of the Holy Quran and a portrait depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Saturday, April 28 in what was claimed as his protest to the detainment of a so-called Christian clergyman in Iran.

Before committing this obscene act, Pentagon had urged Jones not to burn the Holy Quran for the sake of the security of Americans in uniform, but no other statement was released by Obama administration to prevent the insane pastor from doing such a crime. Gainesville Sun reported on April 29 that the Quran burning plan was attended by a number of local residents and was broadcast live on internet. Even a group of police officers patrolled around the church premises and provided security for the ceremony. The region’s fire department chief also said that Jones had received proper authorizations for burning certain materials on April 28, but it was not specified what the materials were.

Although the high-ranking officials of Islamic countries, including the Iranian statesmen condemned the renewed venture of burning the Holy Quran in strongest terms, the U.S. and European officials turned a blind eye to the blasphemy, tacitly endorsing the radical pastor.

However, what is clear is that Jones is certainly looking for national and international attention. He has established a campaign for the 2012 presidential elections and even created a website for his campaign with the slogan “Real America, Real Hope.” In this website, Jones has claimed that he is standing up to speak for “truth” and confront “Islamic radicalism.” This is unquestionably a testimony to his lunacy and provides evidence for the fact that this mad man has no clear ideology or worldview. If he is a real Christian pastor, then can he justify that insulting the holy book of a major religion is in compliance with the teaching of Christianity?

Different Christian institutions, including the World Evangelical Alliance have strongly condemned Terry Jones and asked the U.S. government to take action against him. An Islamic movement in Pakistan has called for the execution of Terry Jones; however, it seems that the Obama administration and the Israeli-dominated Congress are so coward and pitiable that they will get along with the appalling enterprise that has come out of their country.

Of course, it should not be neglected that Yusef Naderkhani, the so-called pastor who is in jail in Iran is not detained on charges of changing his religion or advocating Christianity. He is charged with sexual abuse and robbery and no death penalty, as the U.S. mainstream media pretend, has been issued for him. The problem of Terry Jones and people like him with Islam and its teaching is that Islam unveils the true evil nature of imperialism and this is something which the U.S. politicians and their stooges such as the pastor of a tiny church in Florida cannot tolerate.

Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist and writer and a member of World Student Community for Sustainable Development.

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2 Responses for “How Pastor Terry Jones Can Get Away With It”

  1. The burning of so-called holy books, or flags, or any document, is a personal free speech issue. Islam forbids freedom of speech. Also, fundamentalist Muslims are showing how insecure they are with their own faith. For instance: There are many scriptures I like, but if someone burned them, spoke ill of them, this would not shake my faith. My faith is strong enough that it can survive people making fun of it. Islam forbids free speech through blasphemy laws which then means that Muslims are free to blaspheme other religions or say anything they like about them. So they are winning the war of ideas by simply shutting down the religious and political opposition with threats of death. In Buddhism the holy books are called Sutras. If a sutra was burned, I would simply have another one printed. Muslims do better in debates when the other side is afraid for it’s life and can’t fully speak. This is a cowardly way to conduct theological and political dialogue. All people have a right to burn any documents they own. If people don’t like Terry Jones, they can disregard his teaching, not go to his church, ignore his writings. I watch Islamic television stations and see that they blaspheme the gods of all other religions, and do so with impunity. So the hypocrisy of Islam demanding that we treat their books and theories as sacred while they get to mock everyone else’s is just typical Islamic bullying tactic. I’ve read the Koran twice and am reading Hadith now. Like the Bible and the Torah, the Koran is mostly just threats and insults against non-believers, and/or believers in other faiths. These books, mostly monotheistic, are books filled with hate and intolerance. Most of the verses in these holy books, Christian, Jewish and Islamic, are filled with threats. This God, described in the holy books of all three major monotheistic religions, demands love under an atmosphere of threats intimidation and physical violence. In this way, it’s rather ironic that Terry Jones wanted to burn Korans, since, actually, the Koran is far less violent than the Christian Book of Revelations or the Jewish Book of Joshua. In that sense, the irony is, Christians and Jews don’t see that their own sacred books are not only as filled with intimidation, threats, violence and intolerance as the Koran, but actually, in the end, more so. Under the Judeo-Christian-Islamic Monotheism, the world is a prison house of people kept to their faiths by threats of hell, threats of violence, threats of divine revenge. It’s not a true love, but a respect generated mostly out of fear. So I say down with blasphemy laws, which have created a world-wide ban on free speech. Every time I turn on You Tube, some Muslim cleric is blaspheming all the gods of polytheism. Does he not know that those gods are believed in by billions of people? Why is he not under threat of death for blaspheming other people’s god? The reason is that Muslims take rights for themselves that they allow to no others. This is called Islamic Supremacist thinking. For instance, Muslims say that Jesus is not God. Well, I don’t believe Jesus is God either. But, for a Christian, we have both committed blasphemy when we say that. However, we must be free to commit blasphemy against Christianity or Judaism or against any religion, since to merely say a religion is not true, is blasphemy. Since religions naturally compete to evangelize people, blasphemy laws essentially set up a situation where Muslim can evangelize people of all other religions, while the people of those religions can’t evangelize Muslims. This kind of unfair, bullying advantage. This kind of intimidation tactic is the only thing that holds Islamic domination of the world together. If missionaries were free to say anything they wanted, then Islam would be losing millions of people a year. If apostasy was not punishable by death, they would lose many more millions. Muslims have not only imprisoned themselves inside of these intolerant texts, but they have now imprisoned all of the west too, which I know makes them happy. But, don’t be surprised when people in the west resort to extreme things, since they see Islam, though blasphemy laws and apostasy penalties, is imprisoning everyone. And we don’t want to be your slaves.

  2. White Eagle says:

    Wow is this article slanted. How can he “get away with it…?” Obviously the writer has absolutely NO comprehension or tolerance for freedom of speech. expression or religion.
    Sorry Charlie, but the Islamists are most extreme in their religious persecution and suppression of free speech and freedoms in general, second only to the Catholic Church during its inquisitions and stranglehold on Europe during the Middle ages.
    Shiria law speaks volumns on that. Suppress the wemon…. they are treated like chattel. It takes 4 witnesses to prove a woman has been raped (what…they just stood around while it happens?), and if not , the now pregnant woman can be killed as being an adulteress or fornicator.
    Its allright to take slaves of whomever you perceive as your enemy.
    Kill your family members if they convert to some other religion.
    Kill the infidel unless they convert, or pay a tax.

    Mel’s reply is so on target.

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