Florida Pastor Terry Jones Arrested for Trying to Burn Nearly 3,000 Korans on 9/11

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Florida's finest argument against religion: Terry Jones.
Last year, Florida pastor Terry Jones had the divinely inspired idea of turning September 11 into "International Judge Muhammad Day." The act of bigoted brilliance sparked protests in many Muslim countries. Some experts even credited Jones' stunt with inspiring the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Like a true religious zealot, however, Jones just upped the ante for this year's anniversary. Not to be dissuaded by either common sense or the teachings of Jesus Christ, the handlebar-mustached hate-monger doused nearly 3,000 Korans in kerosene. He was about to set them ablaze when cops intervened.

See also: Florida Pastor Terry Jones' Latest Stunt Tied To Attacks In Egypt and Libya, Where U.S. Ambassador Killed

According to Reuters, Jones and six supporters had driven to the town of Mulberry near Tampa to torch the holy books.

The über-Christian convoy stopped at a fast-food restaurant with 2,998 of the fuel-soaked Korans -- one for each person killed September 11, 2001 -- already loaded onto a giant barbecue in the back of a truck.

But when the pastor pulled back onto the street, cops in unmarked squad cars swooped in.

Jones and fellow Stand Up America Now supporter Marvin Wayne Sapp Jr. were arrested, according to Sapp's wife, Stephanie. The two men were charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel, a felony. The Polk County Sheriff's Office also charged Jones with a misdemeanor of openly carrying a firearm.

Police "informed them that it is illegal to have a grill with kerosene in it in any way behind a vehicle traveling down the highway,'' Sapp said. She added that the event was intended to raise awareness about "the dangers of Islam."

"We had the Korans inside the grill, and we had prepared them by soaking with kerosene, just like you would if you had charcoal on a grill and poured lighter fluid on it," Sapp said.

Jones first gained international notoriety in 2010, when he threatened to burn a Koran. He was talked out of it, only to later ratchet up his bizarre provocations.

In 2011, his "Burn a Koran Day" sparked bloody protests in Afghanistan. And then there was last year's miniature holy war.

It's not surprising, therefore, that Jones' very un-Christianlike antics have earned him a death sentence in Egypt.

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Jorge F. Jorge
Jorge F. Jorge

Should have let him do it, maybe the idiot would have set himself on fire as well.

Will Mcee
Will Mcee

What about granting a permit to muslims to march on the capitol on 9/11 ??? Where is the New Times On This???

Will Mcee
Will Mcee

If he bought and paid for them, and are in his posession, he can do whatever he wants with them. Period.

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

So this guy's intolerance is supposed to be evil, yet he's been condemned to death by the Egyptians? Killing a person for burning a book? Anyone not catch the irony??

oktakal1
oktakal1

Send him to Egypt pleeeeaaaasssseeee.....

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

Nice tribute to 9/11, Cocksuckers Times!

wallet797
wallet797

That is so wrong to keep doing thing like that  put them in jail and  keep him there with the Koran playing all day and night. Ha Ha

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Glad to see Paulie Walnuts found work after Sopranos.

Paco Palacio
Paco Palacio

idiot bro! thats not christian, this guy has no idea..

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Jose Arpajon

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Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

He's an idiot. Nothing gets accomplished by doing that. Maybe he should try putting his "faith" to good use.

J.f. Yampolsky
J.f. Yampolsky

Crazy asshole....what is this bozo's major malfunction?

José Manuel
José Manuel

At first I read "doused 3,000 Koreans"... Would have made for a more interesting story

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

He should of burned all the New Times newspapers in town. All you guys write is garbage!

Deathray Jones
Deathray Jones

if someone had doused 3000 bibles with kerosene, and threatened to light them on fire, or even one, terry jones would have an online apoplectic fit.

Brian Hughes
Brian Hughes

considering he's stupid enough to believe it was all a terrorist plot, i would expect this from a narrow minded hate monger who uses the bible as his crutch for senseless acts. i bet his followers are pissed to know all their Sunday donations went to purchase Korans at a wholesale bargain price.

Turo Olvera
Turo Olvera

how the hell does someone get their hands on 3000 korans

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