Saturday, 2 April 2011

Pastor Jones' Burning Issue

Just when you'd think that in a sane world the story of Pastor Terry Jones was long dead,
buried and forgotten about he goes and does it anyway.

The Pastor supervised the burning of a copy of the Qur'an by Pastor Wayne Sapp, who set light to a copy of the book at a church in Florida on the 20th of March. Sunday's event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found "guilty" and "executed."

The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the centre of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.

The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.

The Buddha taught that all conditions and events are conditioned by those that went before (mind you, according to Jones that is all "from the devil"). So, a group of christian fundamentalists burn a copy of Islam's holy scriptures. Yes, it's offensive and hurtful but it's just one copy out of millions and it's only print on paper. What's the reaction? A group of Muslim fundamentalists kill seven innocent UN workers in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, initial reports said that two of the victims had been beheaded. A further ten people were killed in Kandahar during riots over the book burning.

So what was the Pastor's reaction to all this? He denies that the deaths in Afghanistan are anything to do with his burning the Qur'an and says that he is thinking of putting the Islamic prophet Mohammed on trial in his next 'day of judgement'. That'll really help calm things down Tel!

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