Blood on his hands


Terry Jones has blood on his hands today.

Terry Jones has blood on his hands today.  Jones is pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, where the Quran was burned after being “tried” by Jones and his church in a mock court.  The Quran was found “guilty” and, after being soaked in kerosene, was burned.  News of the event trickled out in the media, and went little noticed by the Western press.

But it did not go unnoticed in the Muslim world.  Today an Afghan mob, angered by news of the burning of the Quran at Jones’s church, attacked a United Nations office in Afghanistan today killing as many as 20 UN workers, and setting fire to buildings in the UN compound.

Terry Jones was warned this would happen when he held the world’s attention last year as he threatened to burn the Quran on 9/11.  Jones sowed the wind and the world is reaping the whirlwind.

But, of course, Jones is unapologetic.  The LA Times reported, “In an email statement released Friday, Jones did not say why he changed his mind yet again. He condemned the violence in Afghanistan, calling it “a very tragic and criminal action,” and called on the U.S. government and United Nations to “call these people to justice.”

Jones, of course, takes no responsibility for these deaths, and for the unrest his actions have provoked.

9 thoughts on “Blood on his hands”

  1. Chuck, I in no way support what Terry Jones did. It was a really a cowardly, misguided act and totally uncalled for. The worldwide publicity he received when this first broke months ago into the mainstream news media was sad. The guy is a real religious “whacko”. On the other side of the coin, one can point to countless numbers of acts in recent times by extremeist muslims resulting in the senseless bloodshed of innocent people. I’m not defending Jones here, but is it possible that the senseless attack on the UN workers was an “event” just waiting for an excuse? I wonder?

    1. Hi, Jim,
      Good to hear from you and I hope you and Charlotte are doing well. Perhaps you are right, but all the more reason not to give future “events” a reason to happen. Jones’ act was one of provocation and he was warned that Christians would suffer the consequences of his actions.

      I believe Jones got exactly what he was looking for — a violent response to his provocation. Then, he seizes on the violence to blame and criticize those who were inflamed by him. I think actions have consequences and the consequences of his actions are being felt by almost 2 dozen families who have lost loved ones. Plus, we are all discredited by his action.

      Jones is among those who criticize other religions for their violence, and then to prove their point provoke that violence. Of course, religious strife does occur and persons of all faiths suffer when it does. Christians should think and act differently regardless of the mindset of those whose faith traditions are not like ours. Good to hear from you.

  2. Apparently those laws do not apply internationally, plus there are free speech issues here. But just because Jones might have the right to express his opinions does not mean he should do so in the manner in which he did.

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