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Terry Jones Actually Burns a Qur’an and No One Notices

Crazy old Terry Jones went ahead with his Qur’an burning which he dubbed as an “International judge the Koran Day” after he said he wouldn’t “burn a Koran.” 30 people showed up and they burnt one Koran…and then…everyone went home.

Koran burnt in Florida church

GAINESVILLE, Florida — A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book “guilty” of crimes.

The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Korans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.

Sunday’s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found “guilty” and “executed.”

The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.

The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.

Jones had drawn trenchant condemnation from many people, including US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, over his plan to burn the Muslim holy book in September.

He did not carry out his plan then and vowed he never would, saying he had made his point.

But this time, he said he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book,” but did not receive any answer.

He said he felt that he couldn’t have a real trial without a real punishment.

The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.

Life in the normally quiet city of Gainesville is centered around the University of Florida. And while there were public protests against Jones’ 9/11 activities, this event was largely ignored.

Jadwiga Schatz, who came to show support for Jones, expressed concern that Islam was growing in Europe.

“These people, for me, are like monsters,” she said. “I hate these people.”

Jones said he considered this event a success.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.

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  • windrider2

    Actually, someone DID notice. An imam in Afghanistan announced it in Friday services this week. The ensuing riot resulted in an attack on a UN compound with multiple deaths of UN personnel. The Bible could EASILY be put on trial and executed for all the slaughter it has inspired over the centuries. If God is as judgmental as Jones and his fellow wackadoodles believe in, all those deaths will be counted against them and they’ll wind up in hell after all. Small comfort to those who were murdered because of his act of bigotry.

  • Cynic

    Will the Islamophobia ever end?

    Will the piss poor attempts at sarcasm ever end?

  • JustBob

    Two believers killed, churches attacked, copies of the Bible burned: the Christian community in Pakistan is once again the victim of violence by Islamic fundamentalists, who have targeted places of worship in the country. The extremist violence was triggered by the insane act – repeatedly condemned by Christians in Pakistan and India – of the pastor Wayne Sapp, who last March 20, in Florida burned a Koran under the supervision of the evangelical preacher Terry Jones.

    Will the Islamophobia ever end?

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  • Mohammed

    @jacque

    Salamu Alekum,

    Just wanted to say that the treatment of Pakistanis by Arabs is indeed very much like the case unfortunately. However, I’d like to also add, as a Saudi, that I believe that Pakistanis in general are some of the most beautiful and hardworking people on the planet. Very generous and giving (I hope Im not creeping unto orientalist or essentialist territory here). Some of my best friends (clique’ I know :p) are Pakistanis – well, when I was in Hong Kong they were the majority anyway. They are from us, and we are from them, and hopefully, inshallah, I’ll get the oppourtunity to visit Pakistan.

    Keep up the good work guys 🙂

  • Cynic

    *being

  • Cynic

    That’s because I said I hadn’t researched Wilders’s political stances prior to posting.

    I think it goes without saying how utterly foolish it is to argue about something you have no knowledge about. But then again, that sort of is your MO anyway. Besides, I think you knew full well what you were doing. Your life must be pretty pathetic bring a middle-aged man trolling a site with inane comments.

  • NassirH

    “That’s because I said I hadn’t researched Wilders’s political stances prior to posting.”

    That’s odd, because you repeatedly called him a Leftist, despite the fact that the mainstream media often calls him part of the far-right. What does that make you? A dishonest moron who talks about what he doesn’t know?

  • Mosizzle

    “That’s because I said I hadn’t researched Wilders’s political stances prior to posting.”

    LOL. 😆

  • JustBob

    That’s because I said I hadn’t researched Wilders’s political stances prior to posting. Reading his bio, it seems he’s Libertarian which doesn’t easily fit along the right/left spectrum.

  • Mosizzle

    Funny how Bob is silent now. It seems that everything that Bob claimed Geert Wilders was not calling for, he was actually calling for in his manifesto.

    Silly Bob.

  • Having lived in the ME in the past, I second all of that above statement and especially add to the last paragraph about Saudi influence. In the area. It’s created one mixed up group of people. I recall one who I knew in the UAE who stated she was a Wahhibi. She then got engaged to someone but I remember she had to go through hell trying to find a guy becuase she needed someone who was from the same ‘Caste’. Yep, a Wahhibi who cares about the Caste system… and that’s not the last of it. It’s really messed the whole place up.

  • jacque

    @Dan….You posted, “Once Pakistanis stop claiming to be the “torchbearers of Islam” while making life a living Hell for its minorities, then perhaps they can get somewhere.”

    Yet another ignorant statement from an ignorant person. Most arabs consider themselves to be the torchbearers of Islam. This is for two reasons. One, because Muhammad was an Arab like them and some think that makes them better Muslims than the rest of us. Two, is because they have lighter skin than the Pakistanis. I spent time in that part of the world and know how many of them think. They consider Pakistanis to be the ghetto people of the Muslim world.

    Let me tell you how ignorant that part of the world is. Many Arabs will treat Pakistanis like garbage in their countries until they take out their American passports and then they will start kissing their butts. So many Arabs, unless you have the validation of a foreign government they think is great, will treat their fellow Muslims like 2nd class citizens.

    Go anywhere in that part of the world and, aside from Turkey, you will see the racism against Pakistanis first hand. This opinion is based on experiences I have heard from very educated and wealthy Pakistanis, who have lived and visited that area, and from what I have seen with my own eyes.

    BTW, on your second part of your rant, I wish to state that Pakistan did not have any problems with its minority populations until after many Arab revolutionaries brought their ignorant attitudes from their part of the world when they came to fight in Afghanistan. They came and preached to the illiterate and caused hatred to spread. Prior to that time, it was a very rare occurrence.

  • “So just tell me what crystal ball you’re in possession of and which magic store you picked yours up at.”

    Same one as the one where you got the device that allows you to read the minds of millions of Muslims, even if they are now dead.

    None of the above things you mention make someone ‘left wing’ or ‘liberal’, many can fit with any part. For instance, Republicans in the US are happy to restrict the speech of those that disagree with them (Patriot Act), tackle ‘extremism’ or what they think is extremism (King hearings) and shovel money towards various things in the form of taxes (bailing out companies and paying huge amounts for the military to name two). Again, you’re not really doing much other than make daft statements.

    Though I agree that the whole ‘left/right’ devise is a flawed system, it is clear that Wilders leans far to the ‘right’ more than to the ‘left’ and allies far more with the ‘far right’ parties than any other normal party. The BNP in the UK for instance, are one of his big supporters. Not that it matters, Republican ass, Democrat ass, Labour ass, Conservative ass, Liberal ass, Nazi ass, Communist ass, can be an ass whatever ‘political ideology’ you chose.

  • Mosizzle

    “Why, does he support small government, lower taxes, cutting government services?”

    Yes.

  • Mosizzle

    Lol @ Bob.

    -Wilders has called for Tax reduction (except for Hijab-Wearing Mooslims)
    -Wilders has called for more Free Speech (except for Quran-reading Mooslims)
    -Wilders has called for the abolition of the European Parliament
    (traditionally a right-wing position)
    -Wilders has called for small government
    -Wilders has called for limiting immigration

    “Wilders is the embodiment of what our founding fathers extolled. Individual rights. Freedom of speech. Not sharia law.” — Robert Spencer.

    I can see you’re trying to start something here, no one is falling for it.
    It seems to me that you recognise that Geert Wilders is right-wing (politically) and you are simply trying to launch a veiled attack on Leftists.

  • JustBob

    Sorry Jack. Are you in possession of some political rubric no one else has to determine if a politician is right or left of the political spectrum?

    Just guessing, but I’ll assume Geert supports gay rights, a women’s right to choose, secularization, liberal drug laws, etc., etc.

    So just tell me what crystal ball you’re in possession of and which magic store you picked yours up at.

  • JustBob

    No, I can’t support the view that Geert Wilders is a ‘right-winger’ (whatever that means) because he supports introducing more taxes (liberal), restrictions on speech he views is hateful (liberal) and wants the government to confront segments of the Dutch population he deems as being extremist (liberal).

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