Koran Burning Saves Lives ~ Write-in TERRY JONES for President 2012
Terry Jones, September 2010
Terry Jones shocked the world in September 2010 with his outrageous plan to burn Korans. Through this action, the centuries old war between Islam and free speech captured center stage in every major media outlet around the world for the week leading up to 9/11. The event changed history.
That September 11th, 2010 event was cancelled, but the fact that it caused an international panic, that it could have happened and was perfectly legal in the United States, shook the world out of a stupor of intimidation and near silence. We had whispered about violence and oppression taught in the Koran. We tiptoed around the ‘given’ that Islamic nations tolerate corrupt governments and we all must, that Muslim societies breed totalitarian aspects of control where women and minorities suffer horrendous abuse undefended. Not everywhere, and not exclusively, but when we are not dealing with Islam and Muslims free speech has no limits. Under Islam, you speak up and you are likely to be attacked in some way or killed.
“No, no!” the Muslims say. “You have it all wrong.” Koran burning is pushing Muslims to prove this, to prove that they are peaceful, that they allow free thinking and free speech.
Somehow, Hamid Karzai missed this point in March 2011. Governments and major media outlets had mandated a virtual blackout of our March 20th event in which the Koran was put on trial and one copy burned. A few media comments and our own internet videos began to get noticed. Peaceful protests in Pakistan, Indonesia and across the Middle East did not match the frenzy of the previous September. But Karzai made public comments condemning the Koran Burning, and more than a week and a half after the event, on April 1st, 2011, Afghanistan’s Mullahs instructed their Friday followers to go out and riot in protest.
March 20th, 2011.
There were tragic deaths that resulted in Afghanistan at that time. However, when we burned a copy of the Koran in a more public way this April 28th, 2012, receiving more support and media coverage than in March 2011, there were peaceful demonstrations from some small groups but no deaths, at least none that have been reported. In the midst of major negotiations with the Americans to keep US troops in Afghanistan for years to come, Karzai and his Mullahs were anxious to keep everything calm. Even the Taliban did not use the event to stir up fresh anger against Americans. They want power, they want the country back, but Islam cannot be seen as the culprit.
Terry Jones April 28th, 2012
In the wake of our April 28th, 2012 Koran burning the plight of Christians in the Middle East has been more widely exposed. Iran was quick to mock and condemn Terry Jones but Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, whose execution order we challenged, has not been hanged. His name is well known and Iran cannot now ignore the world’s condemnation of his imprisonment. Of course the work of Christian groups like Jay Sekelow’s ACLJ and Voice of the Martyrs along with Human Rights Watch and other secular groups are invaluable. But since our April 28th event, Nadarkhani has been able to write a letter to his supporters from prison and a documentary film is being planned about his case. All the media coverage about our event mentioned his plight and his unjust imprisonment by Iran. Google “Koran Burn” and his story is at the top.
We have also noticed that Saudi Arabia, the OIC and the UN have been quiet. Are they more nervous about their own human rights records? The UN wary of further exposing their own whitewashing of Islamic member state’s records?
Koran burning should be legalized in Europe. Governments there must recover from their politically correct idiocy or we will see more Rochdale sex grooming cases and more Oslos. Europe DOES have a Muslim problem.
On May 8, 2012, nine Muslim Pakistani men in Rochdale, England, were convicted in a sex grooming case involving under age white British girls. Sex grooming is a problem in the white population too, but the shocking aspect of this case was that the police had evidence of the crimes but were reluctant to pursue it and help these girls, out of political correctness. They did not want to profile the criminals by race or by religion.
If the groomers were white and not Muslim they would have been arrested much more quickly. Can we not look honestly at the fact that the Prophet Mohammad was sexually perverted and used women as sex slaves? Many Muslim men admire this aspect of Mohammad’s story and follow his example. Women and girls across Europe are suffering because of this propensity to rape while the police are given special rules of engagement for their policing in the case of Muslim communities. It mirrors the mad rules of engagement our NATO troops are shackled by in Afghanistan. “There is the enemy but he is an especially sensitive one…”
Reacting to the Breivik massacre in Norway, Terry Jones published this statement on July 26, 2011:
“Stand Up America Now condemns the attack that took place in Norway. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of violence. These types of acts are perpetrated by misguided individuals, and could continue out of a desperation to bring attention to the growing threat of radical Islam.
As long as our governments continue to ignore the radical element of Islam and as they continue to justify its violent actions by adapting to a policy of political correctness, there will be a great danger.
Hopefully this event will not be used as a type of smokescreen to cover up the violent activities of Islam that take place worldwide. Since the 9/11 attack in 2001 there have been over 18,000 Islamic terrorist attacks injuring and killing many people. The threat of radical Islam needs to be addressed by our governments and necessary measures must be taken to stop it.”
In America we will not allow a smokescreen of Muslim lies and deception, of political correctness and the appeasement of Islam’s ‘victimhood whining.’ Muslims in the West must live under the same policing, the same laws, answer to the same courts, undergo the same scrutiny in a climate of free speech and freedom of the press as any other religious people, any other citizen.
Muslims must not be granted special privileges or the immunity they demand. These demands are what drove Breivik to the extreme unrepentant murderous mindset he has. These demands are driving the impression that the West is at war with Islam. The fact is that Islam is at war with its own people and with the rest of the world through intimidation, lies and violence.
The possibility of change for whole nations through open protest must have been in the mind of the Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi who set himself on fire on December 17, 2010, launching Arab Spring. This was certainly effected by the knowledge that a small group can use the internet and social media to bypass the controls and intimidation governments have used to silence questions and complaints about injustice and state sanctioned violence. Although thousands have been killed in the struggle that has followed, many believe lives have been and will be saved in the space that is now allowed for freedom to grow. The life threatening problem of the call for Sharia by Islamic leaders will at least be challenged by these more open nations and the international community.
One recurring complaint we receive from Christians is that Koran burning is so disrespectful to Muslims that it is making life more difficult and dangerous in Islamic countries for them and is hurting evangelistic efforts. We have also heard the opposite. In Eternity God will be our judge. We have heard that Christianity is gaining respect, Christians are seen as bold and unafraid, and that Muslims are questioning the teachings and power of the Koran.
An Afghan Pastor now living in exile in India told us that in chat rooms and forums all across the internet ex-Muslims refute the long held belief that the Koran is so powerful and to be feared and obeyed because if you do not, you will be struck with disease or death by Allah, with "But Terry Jones is alive and well. You are wrong - there is proof." We have heard of young Muslims who have gone to Christian missionaries in the Middle East, asking why Terry Jones thinks the Koran is so evil that he would risk his life and the lives of those in his church to burn it. They have left Islam and come to faith in Christ.
Along with easy internet access to Christian texts millions are leaving Islam across the world. Being a Christian in Islamic countries has always been dangerous and will continue to be so because of the attitude in Islam toward Christians. We cannot change that, but we can push back the political limits to free speech and freedom of religion and will continue to do so.
Koran burning saves lives.