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.

5 Responses to Terry Jones: A Pastor with Blood on his Hands

  1. Omar al-Issawi 11/04/2011 at 1:39 AM

    @Sam,
    There is absolutely no excuse for the brutal murders committed after Jones’ burning of the Quran.
    But do you wave a rag in front of a raging bull and expect him not to attack you?
    @Brian, you imply that I’m justifying murder. Perhaps you should re-read my post before passing judgment and generalizations.
    We who live in this volatile part of the world and defend free speech and peaceful expression understand the implications of our actions but choose to do so out of principle.
    My condemnation of Jones’ stupid act was preceded by warnings several months ago from the commander of US forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus, the White House and NATO.
    In the case of religion-based violence, Muslims are not murderers, neither are Christians, Hindus, whatever… Extremists are.

  2. Brian 06/04/2011 at 8:46 AM

    Burning a Koran or any other book does not force anyone to hurt someone else. Why are so many Muslims like Omar al-Issawi unable to realize being offended is not justification to kill others?

    You want communal responsibility? Why don’t the Muslims committing the violence start first?

  3. Sam 05/04/2011 at 10:52 PM

    Sorry, but the man has no blood on his hands. He was being offensive, but people–as independent moral agents–have a duty to control their emotional reactions. I’m not saying the the protestors did not have a right to be angry, but there is actions went beyond anger and became murder.

  4. Adreana Langston 05/04/2011 at 3:20 PM

    “The U.S. media should review the way its “if it bleeds it leads” editorial attitude skews the view Muslims in the wider world have regarding how U.S. citizens view Islam. Aghgan Muslims should never have known cult leader Terry Jone’s name because U.S. media should never have deemed this pathetic little small town man worthy of coverage.”

    That’s what I ORIGINALLY wrote in my Letter To The Editor. Yet when the Los Angeles Times edited my letter they removed my sentiment that Terry Jones is pathetic. See for yourself:

    http://bit.ly/LATimesLetter

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