If you want an example of religious stupidity, and irresponsibility. you can look
to the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida. It’s pastor, Terry
Jones, has announced plans to burn copies of the Quran on September 11 to
mark the 9th anniversary of the carnage wrought by Islamic terrorists on
This, at a time when we have thousands of our servicemen stationed
in Muslim countries. As I write this, hundreds of protesters are gathered
in Kabul, Afghanistan, burning the U.S,. flag and calling for the death of
President Obama and to America. According to news reports, a passing
U.S. convoy was pelted with rocks as they passed the protesters.
It was reported that thousands of Indonesians have been demonstrating
at American embassies there.
Does Terry Jones not remember the furor years back when Newsweek
mentioned in a article that U.S. military interrogators were tearing up
the Quran and flushing it down the toilet in order to get the prisoners
to talk? At least 15 people were killed in the rioting that followed. The
assertion turned out to not be true, and Newsweek later recanted. But
the damage had been done.
Terry Jones has been asked by the State Department not to continue
with his plans for the Quran burning. He has refused, saying the
purpose of the burning is not to offend all Muslims, but to let those
who are terrorists know that they are not welcome in America. I ask
you, how stupid is that? To offend an entire religion to send a message
to a relativly small group?
I have just learned that General Petraeus has stated that Terry Jones’s
plan to burn the Quran not only places the many thousands of U.S.
soldiers around the world in jeapordy, but also every American outside
Terry Jones is an idiot. No doubt he relishes the attention he is receiving,
and no doubt he has grandeur visions of his church swelling with new
members and of himself becoming a major religious leader in America.
But every American should view Terry Jones and his small flock as
a serious threat to all free peoples everywhere. Not just in the immediate
fallout of protests by the Muslims worldwide, but in future legislation
designed to prevent such an event in the future.
We in America enjoy unlimited free speech and freedom of religion. But
obviously one lame-brained nitwit cannot be allowed to infuriate and
inflame an entire religion, to the detriment of Americans everywhere.
And thus, the current crises – endangering American soldiers and
civilians everywhere – and the future fallout of having our freedoms
curtailed in some manner.
All because of the actions of one incredibly stupid Terry Jones.