Terry Jones, the pastor from Gainesville, Florida, who burst back into the news last week when his burning of the Qur’an led to deadly riots in Afghanistan, says that he does not regret his actions, and that he will move forward with plans to stage an anti-Islam protest outside the largest mosque in the United States, which is located in Dearborn, Michigan. He says that he’s gotten hundreds of death threats, but that he would die for his belief that the Qur’an and Islam are “instruments of violence, death and terrorism.” And even though most of his congregants have abandoned him, he is pressing ahead with his bloody, misguided plans.
Jones said that he was “saddened” and “moved” by the deaths in Afghanistan, but that he believes that his actions have saved lives in the long run. “Emotioanlly, it’s not all that easy,” he explained. “People have tried to make us responsible for the people who are killed. It’s unfair and somewhat damaging.”
And he seems willing to move ahead unilaterally, despite the fact that his church is empty and, according to the New York Times, he’s pretty much broke. These obvious signs that he’s pursuing a harmful, unpopular mission don’t seem to have fazed him. Even President Obama denounced the Qur’an-burning, although he did not mention Jones by name, and also condemned the acts of the Afghan protesters.
Disturbingly, Jones says that he’s only read parts of the Qur’an. This is clearly a bigoted mission by a man who knows little about the religion that he’s persecuting. We can only wait to see what he does next – hopefully financial insolvency will stop (or at least delay) his horrible quest against Islam.
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