While the bigoted, racist, Islamophobic Florida minister, Terry Jones, says he and his church will go ahead and burn copies of the Koran (or Quran) on September 11th, he’s already being warned by the US military and the White House this could endanger the lives of Americans. With hundreds of thousands of American troops overseas, and millions of other Americans traveling overseas, burning the Koran in America could literally put their lives in danger – especially in Muslim countries. With Terry Jones and his Koran burning attempting to stir up hatred and murder, not only is he endangering American lives, he’s actually anti-American, and should be put in jail.
At the current time, the United States is in two wars in two countries – Iraq and Afghanistan. US troops are also stationed in 135 other countries, some of which are Muslim, or Muslim-friendly. According to Reuters, more than 25 million Americans travel overseas every year, and more than 2 million live overseas. All of these American lives could be put in danger by Terry Jones and his idiotic and bigoted Koran burning.
I’m an American who lives overseas and, for me, the likelihood of having any problems from Terry Jones and his Florida church’s Koran burning is minimal. I live in Thailand, a Buddhist country, where most Thais honestly couldn’t care less what Americans do in their own country. Most of my Thai friends think this Koran burning is immoral, wrong and that Terry Jones should be put in jail – but they’re certainly not going to harm me or put me to death because of it.
In other countries however, Americans are not so lucky. In Iraq and Afghanistan, once photos of Terry Jones’ church burning the Koran begin to circulate (and, with the internet, that will take about an hour), American soldiers and American citizens’ lives are in danger. Photos of burning Korans will be used by extremist Muslims to incite violence and to stir up even more anti-American fervor. The cause of all this anti-American fervor will be Terry Jones.
Countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan are all Muslim and all have hundreds of thousands of Americans stationed, living or traveling there at any one time. Muslims here will also be rightly outraged at the burning of their holy book and, it only takes one extremely upset Muslim to murder an American and all hell will let loose.
The solution to this Koran burning problem though is quite easy. When a country is at war, which the United States is, an American citizen can be put in jail for endangering the lives of other Americans. An anti-America American like Terry Jones, under US law, could be put in jail in the blink of an eye – followed by any of the 50 members (yes, his ‘church’ is this small) of his church who also attempt to burn the Koran.
In fact, what US officials should do is allow Terry Jones and his crazy, racist, bigoted, Islamophobic congregation to buy the hundreds of Korans they intend to buy (thus putting several thousand dollars into the hands of the Islamic community) but, as soon as the gasoline goes anywhere near a Koran, or the first match is struck, arrest Terry Jones and his congregation of crazy people and throw them all in jail. The charge? Endangering the lives of Americans in a time of war.
Any Korans that are not damaged should be given to the Islamic community, who can protect their holy book, as well as money to replace any Korans that were damaged by anti-American Terry Jones or his nutjob congregation. Instead of photos traveling all over the world of Terry Jones and a bunch of crazy people burning the Koran, photos will travel around the world of other Americans saving the Koran. Maybe that will show the vast majority of Muslims, the majority of Americans think this Koran burning should be illegal, is immoral, Islamophobic and has to be stopped.
Minister: Burn a Quran day will go ahead – The Huffington Post
More than 25 million Americans travel overseas – Reuters