Koran Set on Fire at Terry Jones's Gainesville Church

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Remember Terry Jones? The pastor of the tiny, fundamentalist Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, who set off a mini-international spectacle by threatening to host International Burn a Koran Day on the anniversary of 9/11? After widespread criticism and condemnation, he decided to call it off, but this past weekend, Jones's church made good on the threat and burned a Koran during a service.

During Dove World's Sunday service, Jones declared the book guilty of crimes after an eight-minute "trial" and sentenced it to an "execution." Wayne Sapp, a fellow pastor, lit the book on fire. The Koran had been soaking in kerosene for several hours. Sapp ignited it with a barbecue lighter as it sat in a metal tray in the middle of the church.

Only 30 people turned out for the event. But those who did show up were apparently quite enthusiastic.

"These people [Muslims], for me, are like monsters," supporter Jadwiga Schatz told the New York Daily News. "I hate these people."

Jones said he had decided to postpone the demonstration because he was "trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book." Apparently, the Muslim world had better things to do than defend its magical book of tall tales to a man who clearly prefers to misinterpret his own favorite magical book of tall tales.

God wasn't available for comment, but her press assistant indicated to Riptide she had just the place in the afterlife for people who enjoy being surrounded by flames.

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Jbells68
Jbells68

If no one gives him attention or reports his behavior it take away his power to hurt others. He is a fame wh%^e who would wither and disappear without our attention. If news outlets and any other watchers had ignored this narcissistic zealot his behavior would not have had the repercussions it has had and he would fade away. BTW, the last time he didi this the FBI told him he will never be safe. He can't sell the church property to move to Tampa (poor Tampa). This may be a ploy to get the local people to buy his church and acreage to get rid of him. He iis almost as evil as Rick "shark eyes" Scott the Nazi Florida Governor.

Whanti
Whanti

Stupid Florida rednecks! They're just as fanatical as the rest. Yet another reason not to practice religion.

The_bronzetiger
The_bronzetiger

What happened to the good ole days of lynching people in the name of the Bible?

Saim Baig
Saim Baig

I see So much hatred for Islam & Muslims here. May ALLAH show you the right way. You don't know the gravity of this blasphemous act. World as we know it is coming to an end. Terry Jones fate will be seen by the world.

Maj yousaf
Maj yousaf

My dear enemy just see around you how much you are happy today,but I tell you that there will not be sin gal moment in your life which will save you,once you will be at home or anywhere the death will follow you,you cannot save yourself,your very face seems to be like satanic evil,your life will be miserable and you will be the most coward person on the face of earth

Mauricio
Mauricio

holy shit I nearly died laughing at the last line. A+

Bettyperez
Bettyperez

well, he needs to return that car then, the one he rec'd for promising not to burn anything.

Chuck Livid
Chuck Livid

You may want to fix "tall tails" to read "tall tales". Just sayin'

Max Ikbal
Max Ikbal

you coward...why dont you show your face!

Dante
Dante

Pastor Jones isn’t the first performance artist to express himself with an Inferno. A thought experiment: How long before Salvador Dali’s “blasphemous” caricature of Mohammed burning in hell is expunged from art history classes? How about Auguste Rodin? or Gustave Dore?

Each of these artists caricatured Mohammed’s roasting in Hell— as related in Dante’s trilogy “The Divine Comedy” [Inferno XXVIII, 19-42]. http://zombietime.com/mohammed...

The same forces that repeatedly plot to destroy the fresco of Dante’s Inferno in Bologna’s Church of San Petronio remain at work today.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/eur...

And if Americans are unwilling to stand in solidarity with Terry Jones, what’s to stop the global Taliban from silencing any and every expression Muslims deem “offensive”?

Archived depictions of Mohammed serve as a poignant reminder that such imagery has been part of Western AND ISLAMIC culture since the Middle Ages— and serve as a resource for those interested in defending free expression.

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