Pastor Terry Jones is currently one of the most condemned man and widely critised individuals in the world.Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who has labelled the pastor’s plans to burn the Quran a deplorable act that would result in serious consequences.Across several nations worldwide, the words of one man has resulted in one of the largest uprising in recent times.There has been attacks on American embassies.In Afghanistan, thousands of civilians protested against the pastor’s actions and several shops and police checkpoints were set on fire.
The world is definitely facing a turbulent period where religion has been the most sensitive issue especially after the horrible 911 World Trade Centre incident.Many Americans have not forgotten what has happened that day nine years ago.There has been widespread uproar over the recent plans to build a mosque near the Ground Zero.The controversial decision by pastor Terry Jones who is the senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Centre, to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks has been met with fierce criticism.The pastor had even intended to label the day “International Burn A Quran Day”.The planned event had been so widely condemned that the pastor was forced to rethink his position.The book-burning event was then cancelled as Jones announced his intentions to meet with iman of Park51 ( which is the name of the ground zero mosque) , Feisal Abdul Rauf.The pastor has been determined and declared that the book burning event has only been suspended but not cancelled.
The small congregation in Gainesville,Florida with about 50 members under the Dove World Outreach Centre has gained notoriety over the last few years for its strong anti – Islamic and anti -homosexual stance.The congregation even once posted a sign on its lawn sometime in 2009 that stated quite prominently ” Islam is of the Devil”.Even the member’s school children wear t-shirts to school that are anti-Islamic in nature.Jones who leads the church believes that Islam promotes violence and that Muslims have wanted to impose sharia law on the United States.
The actions of Terry Jones cannot be condoned in a society where religion is extremely sensitive and misunderstood.There are enough problems in the world that need more attention.Religious leaders should be promoting equality and understanding than encouraging actions that can only result in violence across the world.Jones and his Dove World Outreach Centre are an embarrassment to our society.History has taught us that racial bigotry and prejudices have often resulted in violence and loss of human life.It was not too long ago when a simple Austrian man led a nation to believe in bigotry and racial injustice.The actions of Adolf Hitler and his supreme hate of all Jews led to the holocaust.This was an act of genocide that stands as a warning to all generations that racism often perpetuates violence.
Since the incident, several thousand people across the world have spoken against and many have even rallied around the Muslim community.The world needs the actions of good men to stand up against foolishness of the ignorant ones.