Terry Jones: continues with the stupidity, endangers the troops
MULBERRY, Fla. — Law enforcement arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 34, on felony charges as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. He had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans — one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sheriff’s officials said they would hold a news conference later Wednesday to discuss specific charges.
Mulberry’s mayor, along with area elected officials, a sheriff’s deputy and several Polk County residents have talked about the need to express love and tolerance for all faiths on Sept. 11.
Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. He first gained attention in 2010 when he planned to burn a Quran on 9/11, although he eventually called it off. His congregation did burn the Muslim holy book in March 2011 and last year he promoted an anti-Muslim film. All three incidents sparked violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The most violent protest happened after the 2011 Quran burning as hundreds of protesters stormed a U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards.
Jones has repeatedly ignored pleas from the U.S. military asking him not to stage his protests. Military officials say his actions put American and Western troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in danger.
What is wrong with this man? Why does he continue to do things that endanger our troops around the world, especially in the Middle East. Jones isn’t even having the burning in his own town on his own church lot.
I understand rage over 9-11 but burning a Quran is just disrespectful of other people’s religion. There is no reason for it. Further more, it incites the more radical factions of that religion to violence. That just causes problems and causes innocent peopleto be injured or killed.
Someone needs to have a serious talk with the Reverend Terry Jones. They need to explain a few things about Christianity to him while they are at it. Just trying to stir up others isn’t Christian behavior.
Meanwhile, the reason for his arrest is still part of the mystery. Only in Florida!