U.S. pastor vows new anti-Islam protest

By Yusila Ramirez, Reuters

Last Updated: April 2, 2011 8:33pm

Pastor Terry Jones talks inside his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida on April 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Pastor Terry Jones talks inside his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida on April 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A militant fundamentalist Christian preacher in Florida whose burning of a Qur’an triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan was unrepentant Saturday and defiantly vowed to lead an anti-Islam protest outside the biggest mosque in the United States.

The planned demonstration could further inflame tensions over the Qur’an burning, which led to two days of protests in Afghanistan that included the killings of U.N. staff and stoked anti-Western sentiment in parts of the Muslim world.

“Our aim is to make an awareness of the radical element of Islam,” Pastor Terry Jones told Reuters in an interview at the church he leads in the college town of Gainesville, Florida. A picture of the burning Qur’an was on his computer screen.

“Obviously it is terrible any time people are murdered or killed. I think that on the other hand, it shows the radical element of Islam.”

Jones, a former hotel manager turned pastor who claims the Qur’an incites violence, said he will go ahead with a protest on April 22 in front of the largest mosque in the United States, located in Dearborn, Michigan.

President Barack Obama denounced the act of burning a Qur’an but did not mention Jones by name.

“The desecration of any holy text, including the Qur’an, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House Saturday. “However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity.”

Jones provoked an international outcry last year over his plan to burn copies of the Qur’an on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

He backed down after pleas from the U.S. government and other world officials, but then presided over a March 20 mock trial of the Qur’an that included a torching of the book. It barely drew media attention but Internet footage reverberated across the Muslim world.


A range of Christian and U.S. Muslim leaders have condemned Jones and his small Dove World Outreach Center church, which reportedly has a congregation of around 30 members.

“One of the great tragedies of all this is that a tiny fringe church can cause such an uproar,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, director of the World Evangelical Alliance International, which groups together evangelical churches in more than 100 countries.

“My question to him is, ‘Why would you want to provoke people to this kind of response, knowing this was probably going to be the outcome?”’

Government officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan have called for U.S. authorities to arrest Jones. However, his public criticism of Islam and desecration of the Qur’an are allowed under U.S. laws protecting free speech.

Jones defended the Qur’an burning and said the reaction in Afghanistan “shows exactly what we’re talking about.”

“If my neighbor offends me, it does not give me the right to break into his house and kill him,” he told Reuters.

He said he has received several hundred death threats since he first talked of burning the Qur’an last September, leading him to carry a handgun and take shooting classes.

Safety concerns at the church have driven away most of the churchgoers, he said. “We have seen a drop-off.”

He did not say whether he intended to burn another Qur’an during the upcoming protest, which he said should not be viewed as an attack against all Muslims.

“To the peaceful Muslim that lives down the street, we are sorry if our actions have offended them, which I am sure it has. But at the same we are not trying to attack them,” he said. “We are trying to make it very clear that we are against this radical element,” he added.



  1. Don’t ya know that muslims are privileged because they are “superior”? A lot of useful idiots also seem to see them as superior. One set of rules for the “elite” (muslims”) another for the kuffar. They operate under the “them vs. us” premise, not all citizens are equal.

    Islam knows only one agenda, submission. It will continue to force itself on on all the kuffar, step by step one “privilege” at a time. If we don’t submit, it will threaten, intimidate and murder.

    Each time we allow them a “privilege”, we are submitting to islam. Each time we “appease” them we are submitting to islam. Every privilege is a threat to our freedoms. Think about that the next time you read about or see a muslim whining or suing.

  2. Didn’t you know the UN is a body of Thugs, Terrorists, Plunderers,
    Sex Maniacs and Against Humanity? Above all, ANTI CHRISTIAN?
    Just read what’s happening in Ivory Coast.
    The US led by Muslim Mongrel Obama and the UN are in the process of ousting Elected Christian leader for Muslim Laurent Gbagbo’s in favour of Muslim Alassane Ouattara .

    The UN is responsible for millions dead. They fiddle, glutton, and get drunk while condoning the deaths of millions — from Armenians to Cambodians to Rwandians…………

  3. Ban political Islam (meaning all theocracies) and let’s see who the “moderates” are. These monsters have been rioting for three days now and the death toll is climbing.

    As usual, not a peep out of them.

  4. America’s Muslim Mongrel HUSSEIN Obama said, referring to the slaughter of UN staff in Afghanistan:

    “no religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people,”

    Will someone tell the Lying Islamofascist he is full of Taqiyyah and Hypocrisy

  5. How does an American feel when reading the statement by Gen. Petraeus and released by Ambassador Mark Sedwill:

    KABUL, Afghanistan (April 3, 2011) – In view of the events of recent days, we feel it is important on behalf of ISAF [i.e., the International Security Assistance Force] and NATO members in Afghanistan to reiterate our condemnation of any disrespect to the Holy Qur’an and the Muslim faith. We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy Qur’an.

We also offer condolences to the families of all those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the burning of the Holy Qur’an.

    We further hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals, who have been extremely disrespectful to the Holy Qur’an, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people”
    How Servile! How Dhimmi! Not a word of condemnation
    at all of the hideous barbarians who stormed a UN compound and slaughtered men and women in the name of Allah who were there on what they thought was a humanitarian mission . The Nepalese guards who were UNDER ORDERS NOT TO USE THEIR WEAPONS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, the Norwegian female aid workers, the Swedish and Romanian administrators who were dragged away and decapitated, all were non-Muslims.
    The Vitrol was directed at Terry Jones and not at the muslim murderers. What a display of snivelling, grovelling, dhimmitude!
    How proud Americans must feel their Muslim Mongrel slaughters not only Americans, but also others because they are not muslims.
    Didn’t the majority elect the grandson of a convicted terrorist to be their POTUS? And then Americans wonder why the rest of the world mock, scorn and spit at them

  6. Let’s see if Donald Trump will succeed in exposing the Flatulence of Failures is NOT America born. He has sent investigators to Hawaii.
    Exactly what does he have to hide? He cheated and lied on the Social Security. Did the muslim half-breed register for draft? Why are all his school records sealed?

    Recent poll shows his support among blacks and Hispanics has fallen to new lows according to a Gallup poll. Black support declined by 7% and among Hispanics by 11%, farther than at any point since his inauguration.
    That is not the point. He pulled a scam on the American people and is strengthening his position everyday. He has his own ‘army’. Would the National Guard stand down should millions of Americans take to the streets as Gerald Celente predicts will definitely happen?
    Trump/Gary Kreep/Burges vs Soros/Globalists. Who will win?
    And is he really a Kenyan? Read the following and figure:

    • Well if anyone has the resources to bring this to light, he certainly does. And it’s quite obvious Barack does not qualify to be POTUS. Otherwise why go through the trouble and expense of sealing records and legally silencing those who question him? If he is a U.S. citizen, born and raised, what’s the problem?

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