Omar al-Issawi

Terry Jones: A Pastor with Blood on his Hands

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The sad news over the past couple of days that protests in Afghanistan over the burning of the Quran by Pastor Terry Jones have led to the deaths of at least 24 innocent people.

The reaction to Jones’ reprehensible deed is inexcusable; 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

Faced with the results of his ignorant and short-sighted action Jones had this to say:

“I think it definitely does prove that there is a radical element of Islam…  I believe we need to take this evidence, we need to take this action and those people and those countries should be held accountable…  I believe the US needs to stand up. I believe the UN needs to stand up to countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Muslim-dominated countries. They have been persecuting, killing Christians for generations.”

I am a proponent of free speech and personal freedoms.  But I also believe they must be coupled with a sense of communal responsibility.  What Pastor Jones committed was incitement.  I will not go into the history of Christian-Muslim relations over the ages save to say that when left to their own devices and spared the deceit of politics and power mongering, people get along.

What Jones did goes against all the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ, just like the reaction of some of the Afghan demonstrators is contrary to the teachings of the Quran and Muhammad.

How shameful and dangerous it is when religion is purposefully used to inflict insult, injury and murder.  Twisted minds think alike and Jones was met by those who profess enmity to him yet share his same narrow-minded, ignorant view of the world.

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