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Florida pastor Terry Jones holds another Koran-burning ceremony – NYPOST.com

In News, Nonsense on April 29, 2012 at 13:07

Florida pastor Terry Jones holds another Koran-burning ceremony – 

Although I believe the Koran is just a book, And that book burning like flag burning is (and should be) protected by the First Amendment, this man could not be more of  jackass,  What possible good does it do? It offends ALL muslims, not just those who disagree with the actions of the United States and her allies. It is likely to radicalize moderates… and could result in the death of  members of both the US military and soldiers serving for her allies.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A controversial Florida pastor held another Koran-burning ceremony outside his church to protest the imprisonment of a Christian clergyman in Iran, The Gainesville Sun reported.

Jones, who made headlines worldwide by videotaping a similar Koran-burning ceremony in March 2011, burned several copies of the Islamic holy book alongside an image depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad on Saturday evening.

About 20 people gathered for the ceremony outside the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., during which Jones demanded the release of Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor, currently in jail for apostasy after converting from Islam to Christianity.

Moments after the burning, the Gainesville Fire Rescue issued a citation against the church, claiming it did not have the required authorization to burn books.

The church will be fined $271, including court costs, fire chief Gene Prince told the newspaper.

The pastor, who is the head of the church, went ahead with the controversial ceremony despite reports that the Pentagon urged him not to, as it could put US soldiers in Afghanistan and elsewhere at risk.

The 2011 Koran-burning ceremony unleashed days of bloody protests in Afghanistan, during which an attack on a United Nations compound left seven staff members dead.

 

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