Friday, April 01, 2011

Is Pastor Terry Jones "a Kook"?

I see lots of criticism of Terry Jones for protesting Islam by burning a Koran. Folks on the right are calling him stupid, an idiot and a kook. I disagree.

Pastor Terry Jones is no more a kook than Salman Rushdie, or the Danish cartoonists, or Theo Van Gogh, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or Geert Wilders, or anyone else who has dared to criticize the barbarism known as Islam. It matters not whether they did so with cartoons, rebuttals, films, satire or by burning Korans. All criticism towards Islam is unacceptable to Muslims and any criticism an excuse for murder.

To my fellow rightwing bloggers, I say this: stop carrying water for the Islamic fanatics.  Terry Jones is not a kook, his symbolic rejection of Islam has merit.  Lawrence Auster explained this six months ago:
People are saying that the Koran burning will cause Muslims to kill innocent people. Perhaps it will. But the Danish cartoons caused Muslims to kill innocent people. Islam demands aggressive war against non-Muslims, including the killing of innocents, because from the Muslim point of view there is no such thing as an innocent non-Muslim. The clearest and most frequently repeated message of the Koran, appearing on almost every page, is that all non-Muslims are guilty of the monstrous crime of rejecting Allah and his prophet, and thereby deserve death and eternal torture. Why should we respect such a book? Why should we respect such a religion? Sooner or later, people in the West (and people in the non-Muslim world generally) must come to recognize the nature and teachings of Islam. They can have that recogition sooner, and prevent much violence, or they can have that recognition much later, only after Muslims have gained substantial power over our societies and get in a position to harm anyone who opposes them. My view is: the sooner the truth comes out, the better; the sooner things come to a head, the safer we will be.

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Article from View from the Right on Terry Jones


The Griper said...

i look at it this way.
1. was the book he burned his property? if yes then he had every right to burn it just as he would have every right to burn any book he owned.
2. we live under a government that gives us the right to protest anything we want to. if the flag can be burned to symbolize an act of protest because it is only a piece of cloth, then a book can be burned out of protest because it is only paper with some words on it.

as to whether either act is an act of wisdom or of foolishiness is another issue.

1389 said...

Hats off to Pastor Terry for coming up with the idea. I wish he'd gone through with it.

We must defy evil every chance we get.

Stogie said...

Griper, don't cop out on me. Is it wisdom or foolishness? Explain.

Also, do you think that Geert Wilders' film "Fitna" was wisdom or foolishness? How about Theo Van Gogh's film on Islamic oppression of women (which got him murdered)?

Larry Sheldon said...

Show me where in Christian Dogma what this heathen was guided to burn the book.

I keep bumping into "do unto others" and "false prophets" and "motes" in eyes.

I "Christian Dove" part of the name of a Christian fellowship? How about "Westboro Baptist"?

If they are, then I've got to work out what it is that I am, for I am certainly not one of th4em.

No I don't thing the moslems were justified. But I can't do anything about them, I am busy dealing with assaults on me for saying I am a Christian.

The Griper said...

an act of wisdom will always be beneficial. an act of foolishness will be detrimental.

show me in Christian dogma where you were guided to call him a "heathen".
i don't see you behavior as being more Christ-like that you see that person you call a heathen.

as for working out what it is you are, that is the best suggestion available to you as far as i can see. take a good deep look into that mirror.

Always On Watch said...

Terry Jones is not a fault for Moslems' mayhem.



It's always some kind of ifada. Such is Islam.

Always On Watch said...

And one more thing....If the West is going to restrain itself out of worry that something might infuriate the sons of allah, then we'll have to close all the art galleries. So much on those galleries is unislamic. Heh.

Stogie said...

Larry, so you're saying that no one can oppose evil unless it is specifically called for in the Bible? I don't agree.

Griper, you can't always predict whether an act will be beneficial or detrimental; you just have to make the best analysis that you can and hope for the best.

The Griper said...

true, you cannot predict it but that does not mean that we cannot ascertain whether our actions were determined by reason or emotion.

and acts of emotion are far more likely to end up as being foolish than actions based upon reason.

Stogie said...

Griper, I disagree. Are you married? Did you fall in love? Was that an emotional decision or one based on reason?

We have won wars in the past based on strong emotion and the desire to punish evil. Emotion is an important and often positive part of any decision.

Adobe Walls said...

Most acts of foolishness are not detrimental if they were few males would reach adulthood.
Terry Jones' actions were not detrimental The savages and their sociopathic cult are solely responsible for the deaths of the people who were there to help them. They are irredeemable, and attempting to bring them into the 21st century is indeed a fools errand.

philip said...

let's burn the bible too!!

Stogie said...

Philip, you have every right, as an American, to burn all the bibles you wish, as long as you own them. Knock yourself out.