Terry Jones called off his planned burning of the Holy Qu’ran as he was in New York City on Saturday, September 11, instead of in Gainesville, Florida, with his church according to CNN. As a sign of the non-burn a Koran day, the Dove World Outreach Center removed big red signs that proclaimed the day. Al-Jazeera stated that protests against the planned burning had risen up in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Gaza, and Jerusalem. One death was reported in northeastern Afghanistan as protesters pelted a German army camp with stones according to the Times of India.
Terry Jones was lucky enough to be in New York during the time of the planned burning of the Qu’ran. After much back-and-forth debate about whether he and his church would burn the holy book of Islam it was decided that the event would not happen. Jones claims it is because his message was gotten across thanks to all the media attention.
Two incidents were report of desecrated the Qu’ran that had nothing to do with Terry Jones. One happened in Nashville, Tennessee, when two evangelical preachers set alight two copies of the Qu’ran. The other took place during protests in New York City regarding a proposed Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero. No arrests were made according to Reuters.
Terry Jones was the head of his church. But the man may have been a wayward soul in trouble before he even started his crusade against the Qu’ran. Reuters also reported that Jones used to head a congregation in Cologne, Germany, before he was kicked out by his own followers. His own daughter has disowned him and said he may not be mentally stable.
Emma Jones, the grown daughter of Terry Jones, also stated that he forced his followers to work for the church or he would threaten them. Church members live in church-owned properties and work by selling used furniture stored in the church or selling merchandise with anti-Islamic slogans on them.
His congregation in Germany numbered nearly a thousand until they deemed him “delusional” and he tried to brainwash followers. Now he heads a church of just around fifty individuals. What was most telling was that his son began openly wearing a sidearm since the controversy around the burning of the Qu’ran came into being.
Luckily for America and for common sense, the planned burning was stopped as Jones was distracted by other things. Hopefully the media attention given to him will dissipate and Terry Jones will fade into obscurity such as other ancient ideas like the earth being flat.
CNN, Al-Jazeera, the Times of India, and Reuters all provided information for this article.