Terry Jones was funny when he was with Monty Python, but he’s not so funny as a pastor with his Koran burning agenda.
Pythonesque Pastor Terry Jones
Later… It’s not the Python Terry Jones, then? But Florida pastor Terry Jones seems Pythonesque. To publicly burn the Koran would, no doubt, result in death to innocent people and allied troops.
Though I think people have a right to voice their opinions, and I will defend someone’s right to say things I strongly disagree with, surely the actions of pastor Terry Jones is incitement. I’m not a Christian, but I’d be horrified if people burnt the Bible. A lack of respect for people’s beliefs is at the core of the strife we find ourselves in right now.
Does Terry Jones think that burning the Koran will impress all Christians? Of course some will look upon him as a hero, but fanatics will always have their followers, and, sadly, fanatics often shout the loudest – stifling the moderate voices.
Maybe we lack strong world figures who can glue divided societies together. President Tito, as an example, held Yugoslavia together, and when he died all the ethnic and religious tensions and differences resulted in a bloodbath. Tito was not a man you’d probably want round for dinner, but it’s interesting to see how one man can make such a difference. Barack Obama is still fairly early into his presidency, so it’d be unfair to dismiss his handling of affairs – both global and internal – just yet.
Jones Soon to Be Forgotten, Hopefully
Pastor Terry Jones, hopefully, will be one of those names who became famous, or infamous, overnight and will then be pretty much forgotten about in a year’s time. Terry Jones has managed to get attention for himself, and sometimes the media frustrates you because they often give fruitcakes like Jones the airtime they desperately crave.
Nine years after September 11th, do we want to follow Terry Jones down the road of revenge and hatred, and condemn all Muslims as extremists who are hell-bent on forcing the Western world to adopt their faith, and will use terror to achieve it?
The only Terry Jones I want to hear about in the future is the one who makes me laugh.