Of all the things the world doesn’t need, it is a white version of Reverend Al Sharpton creating all kinds of hassles in an effort to get his face in front of a television camera. But that’s the first thing that came to my mind when I read about Terry Jones, the Florida religious fanatic who has threatened to burn Qurans Saturday.
First Jones, who runs a 50-member Pentecostal church in Gainesville, created controversy worldwide with his plan to hold a Quran burning ceremony on Saturday, the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. His announcement drew harsh criticism from everybody, from military leaders, to the White House, to Muslims worldwide.
Then he declared that he had reached an agreement with Muslim leaders that they would cancel their plans to build a mosque at Ground Zero and seek another location, in exchange for Jones canceling his event. Yeah, like some redneck religious whacko is going to force them to change their mosque plans, when they ignored the objections of millions worldwide.
Then, Jones took advantage of another chance to get in the news when he said he was reconsidering his Quran-burning because a Muslim leader had lied to him about their decision to move the proposed mosque away from Ground Zero.
I have made some folks mad in the past when I have said that my objection to organized religion is that it is made up of people, and all too often those people have their own agenda that is about as far away from doing good work and sharing God’s love as I am from being a spokesman for Weight Watchers. Terry Jones is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.
How can anybody who is supposed to be a religious leader preach hatred? How can a “man of faith” advocate burning another faith’s holy book? You can think what you want about Islam, but that’s just wrong!
Just as Islam has been used as an excuse for murder, terrorism, and a hundred other sins by fanatics, Christianity has been the reason for wars, persecution, and just about anything else that can get you a place at the head of the line in the express lane to Hell.
Do I think we need to take a stand against the terrorists of the world? You’re damn right we do! But I also know that this Bubba-brained idea can only lead to more violence against Americans.
Yes, I know that they burn Bibles in Muslim countries. They stone women too. But I’m not about to do either! Like my mother used to say, two wrongs don’t make a right.
This guy is a idiot, and the more face time the news media gives him, the more he’ll spout off. He’s eating up all of the attention. If everybody ignored him, he’d go away and crawl back under his rock.
Like I said, we don’t need a white version of Al Sharpton.
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