Koran-Burning Pastor Is Unrepentant, Vows More Anti-Islam Protests

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.

Photo from Flickr.


Bibi Sarangabataanan

I completely agree, it takes a certain type of courage to confront this. Some say its a certain type of crazy but what ever it is he is doing all of us a favor by challenging Islamic assumptions in America.

Actually he's pretty smart, and he's doing the right thing by drawing attention to the absolute and violent intolerance Islam has for critics and non-believers.

Beth S.
Beth S6 years ago

Actually he's pretty smart, and he's doing the right thing by drawing attention to the absolute and violent intolerance Islam has for critics and non-believers.

Witness his talk several weeks ago up in Michigan, where the Muslims in the crowd screamed, cursed, gave the finger, threw bags of urine and excrement at him.

Americans need to know that many, but by no means all, in the Muslim community cannot walk away from this verbal provocation without resorting to violence.

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

he's not too bright is he? Can cause more problems. Freedom of religion.

Ralph YY
JustaHuman Here6 years ago

Brain is hard to find one many men. Even thinking before acting seems to be unnknown. But there are also those who are unable to think after having acted.

David E.
David E7 years ago

As I previously wrote this guy is a nut. However,Western leaders rush to profess their abhorrence at what one American did to one inanimate book, let's take a quick look at what many Muslims are doing to many living and breathing Christians around the Islamic world—to virtually no media coverage or Western condemnation: SEE
Destroying One Koran vs. Destroying Many Christians. Which is Worse? http://www.meforum.org/2872/koran-christian-persecution

Lindsey DTSW
.7 years ago

Might as well get used to it, Monica. It's a fact of life here on Care2 that there are a surprising number of members (from what I've seen, all from the 'liberal' side of the political divide) one of whose weapons of choice is trying to demonize opposing posters by insisting they must be paid plants of 'them' (Big Pharma, Big Business, the C.I.A., etc.) With no more evidence supporting that contention than the fact those other posters dare to openly and consistently disagree with the prevailing politically-correct view.

Trying to get in through the back door what they can't through the front door.

Which only shows how little those people actually value freedom of speech. Since freedom of speech demands that all be allowed to promote their views here (so long as no Care2 rules are broken).

It's a childish game more suited to the kindergarten playground.

monica r.
monica r7 years ago

Well, if my opinions which express disdain for those who:

1. not only have vowed to destroy my country, which I DO swear allegiance to, but also
2. kill hundreds of innocent civilians (men women and children) of their own faith and culture every month, and
3. have no remorse for killing their own, or violating the human rights of those of their own culture, and
4. do not have any qualms about murdering people who have come to help them with humanitarian aid

are seen by some as spin and propaganda, then they themselves perhaps identify with those who do such things.

While that saddens me, because my own opinion is that in particular points 2, 3 and 4 are pretty much indefensible, those persons have as much right to their opinions/allegiances as I do to mine. I have not put up "propaganda" or "spin", only my opinions, presented as opinion, but calling someone a "propaganda machine" IS a fine example of ad hominem.

Bibi S.


Freedom of speech is not absolute. We get it. Inciting a riot is illegal. We get it. Distributing material that is a "clear and present danger" to the morals and welfare of minors is illegal. We get it.

Peaceful demonstrations are not illegal. Burning a draft card is not illegal. Burning a Flag is not. Burning a Cross is not. Burning a Bible is not. Burning a Koran is not.

Twin Towers destroyed by terrorists followed by the erection of an Islamic Community Center nearby? Legal? Yes Good idea? No. Its insulting.

Terry Jones burning a Koran? Protected Speech? Yes. Good idea? No, its insulting.


Lindsey DTSW
.7 years ago

And another underhanded debating trick sometimes used is portraying an opponent as some kind of paid shill and propogandist - with the only justification for that being their ideas oppose yours. One of the most unreasonable forms of ad hominem attacks.

Whether we like it or not there are always going to be those whose ideas don't fit in with our own - and who may, quite genuinely and honestly hold and promote those beliefs.

wooddragon xx
wooddragon xx7 years ago

Don't address me propaganda machine. And spin some where else!