Tag: afghanistan

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.

Afghanistan the Next Vietnam, Peace Activist Says

Tom Hayden speaking at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA.
Tom Hayden speaking at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA.

Last Sunday, March 8, I heard Tom Hayden, peace and justice activist, speak at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California.  I’m at Fuller Seminary for a few days in a DMin seminar, and always try to worship at All Saints when I’m here.

In addition to vibrant, liturgical worship, All Saints usually has an outstanding speaker for their adult forum.  Tom Hayden, former ’60s antiwar activist who was later elected to the California state legislature 7 times, spoke last week.  I twittered his talk, and also wrote a piece about it for EthicsDaily.com.  I thought Hayden made some interesting points, and you can read the article here.  Let me know what you think.

A book you must read..Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is a book you must read.   Without knowing that it was already a bestseller, I ordered Three Cups of Tea:  One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time.  It arrived on Friday.  I started reading it on Saturday.  Tonight is Sunday and I just finished all 338 pages — it is that good!

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