Burning The Holy Quran Was Not Wise
There was a time when no one knew who Pastor Terry Jones was outside of those in the vicinity of his church in Gainesville, Fl., then came the media feeding frenzy when he announced that he would burn copies of the Holy Quran on September 11, 2010.
You see perception became reality when constant national and worldwide media attention focused on Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center when he decided that he would set fire to the holy book of Islam, the Quran. Jones came up with a self-created International Burn a Quran Day. This apparently started on Facebook and grew from there. Before long national and international media attention was focused on whether Jones would follow through on his threat to burn Qurans on September 11, 2010.
Political leaders weighed in on the issue. General David Petraeus, the top commander of American troops in Afghanistan spoke out against it as a danger to United States troops. The white hot glare of the national media focused on Jones and his every move. For a period of time Terry Jones seemed to be a more powerful religious figure than the Pope. In fact The Vatican condemned a Florida pastor’s plan to burn Qurans.
Jones strung the world along and enjoyed his elevated status. He even tried to use his new found fame to inject himself into the other hot issue of the day and that was the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque” issue. Jones travel to New York supposedly to meet with officials involved with the center. Finally Jones said that he would not burn Qurans and the media as it does faded away and moved on.
Then in March 2011, Pastor Terry Jones decided to burn the Quran and posted the video on the internet. Jones says he is not responsible for the death of the U.N. workers that were killed as protests spiraled out of control in Afghanistan. These workers were brutally murdered for something they had no hand in causing. The true blame is on the people that committed the brutal acts, but what about Pastor Jones. While he did not commit the acts, did he light the fire?