Pastor Defended Koran Burning After Deadly Riots
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center made no apologies and showed no remorse about his church's Koran burning. Jones, evoking what he describes as an unshakable faith, said he is defending Christianity. When Jones put the Koran on trial on March 20th, TV20 chose not to cover the event to not give publicity to a radical cause. Friday's deadly protests in Afghanistan clearly require us to explain what happened. Jones took no responsibility for the deaths and said Jesus would have done the same thing he did.
"I mean obviously if you burn somebody's holy book it's not love of course that's not the method of Evangelicalism we are advocating to always do. At the same time as a Christian, then of course we believe that book is very very evil and has lead 1 billion people to hell," said Jones.
Jones' strong words were met with even stronger criticism. Gainesville's mayor Craig Lowe called the church "an embarrassment" to the city. One prominent Muslim leader, Mohammad Taqi, called Jones "a bigot and an idiot." Taqi said he had hoped "the oxygen was sucked out of (Jones') tumors of fame" and strongly condemns the killings overseas.
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