Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Teh burning burning stupid


A Florida pastor said Tuesday he would go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Qur'an on Sept. 11, despite condemnation by the top U.S. general and NATO commander in Afghanistan.

Pastor Terry Jones, of Gainesville's Dove World Outreach Center, said he considered Gen. David Petraeus' concerns "very, very serious" but was still "weighing the situation."


Jones said he was praying about the situation and was open to having his mind changed.

"We are definitely weighing the situation," Jones said. "We are weighing the thing that we are about to do, what it could possibly cause, what is our actual message, what are we trying to get across. It's very, very important that America wakes up."

The small evangelical church plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. The church has been denied a permit to hold a bonfire but has said it will go ahead with the burning.

"Images of the burning of a Qur'an would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence," Petraeus wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

"I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible [Qur'an] burning. Even the rumour that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has also condemned the church's plans.

Osama bin Laden, thinking he's on a mission from God, attacked the US to incite a war that could be spun as an American war against Muslims. Muslims dead at the hands of Americans radicalise other Muslims. We've seen this play out, and Petraeus understands how this works.

Terry Jones, believing in the same God and heading up the grossly misnamed "Dove" church, is burning the Qur'an to incite an American war against Muslims. Dead Americans incite other Americans to war against Muslims. We've seen how this works.

These people need a padded cell and their own chapter in DSM-V.

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