Rev. Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center has said prayer led him to conclude that if Islamic leaders in New York decide to relocate a mosque planned to be constructed near Ground Zero, God is giving him a sign to call off his planned Saturday Quran bonfire.
Jones apparently thought he had a deal with Imam Muhammad Musri on the resiting of the New York mosque, but it now appears that miscommunication left Jones and Musri with distinctly different impressions of what was said at their meeting. Musri says he merely offered to introduce Jones to the New York imam who plans to build a mosque close to Ground Zero.
With Dove World Outreach Center’s scheduled Quran fire now on hold but subject to spontaneous ignition based on anything ranging from a sign from God to a pastoral whim, interested parties might help Jones spot additional signs from God to guide him as to the proper course of action in the Quran burning matter.
Influx of Firelogs
Jones and his congregation at Dove World Outreach Center are obviously very eager to play with fire. A surreptitious influx of firelogs delivered to the church doorstep- how many cords would bury the church?- might convince Jones that God was giving him a sign to burn firelogs instead of holy books like the Quran.
New Baptismal Font
Or how about a sign from God straight from the Bible. Jesus said, “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!”
Buy the guy a new baptismal font. He can skip over the fire and get right down to the baptizing business. Wouldn’t he be helping Jesus more by performing baptisms than starting fires?
One commenter in a Christianity forum described how a Christian landlord chose not to rent an apartment to him because she concluded that the paltry number of times her phone rang that day was a sign from God that he was not the right tenant.
Perhaps if Rev. Jones’ phone rings day and night, he’ll divine some divine opposition to his Quran burning.
Operation Just Cause
Remember Operation Just Cause? Blasting music at Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega til he surrendered? Maybe God can send a subtle sign to Terry Jones and Dove World Outreach with music that fueling fires with your neighbor’s sacred books isn’t a hot idea. Gainesville, got amplifiers? Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” might be the perfect choice.