Petraeus Warns Radical Pastor of Hate, Burning Korans Could ‘Endanger Troops’
September 7, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—A small Christian fundamentalist Church in Florida, with about 50 ragtag parishioners, led by an extremist end-times preacher and purveyor of anti-Muslim hate, is drawing international condemnation for its plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Dr. Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., is spearheading the International Burn A Koran Day on the center’s website, Facebook and the site, Islam is of the Devil. The hatemonger, hiding under the mantle of a man of God, who also preaches hate against gays, is reveling in his new-found celebrity. And Jones is heavily monetizing his bigoted campaign against Islam, by schilling a book, entitled Islam is of the Devil, as well as T-shirts and coffee mugs emblazoned with the same message. So, Jones is not about to give up this new money-making gimmick easily.
But the pressure is on. Gen. David Petraeus issued a statement today, condemning Jones’ Koran burning event, saying it could “endanger troops” and hurt our rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jones’ response? He dismissed Petraeus’ warnings, invoking the Bible, saying “Once in awhile, you see that in the Bible, there are instances where enough is enough and you stand up.”
Petraeus’ statement warned of the Taliban using the Koran burning event as propaganda for a new round of terrorist attacks.
“It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems,” Pretraeus said. “Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.” [...]
“I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible Koran burning,” Petraeus said. “Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.”
A NATO secretary, the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, all joined Petraeus in denouncing the the Dove World Outreach Center’s International Burn A Koran Day, as harmful to our troops.
Petraeus made his statements, after hundreds of demonstrators protested in Kabul on Monday, to condemn the planned burning of Korans, shouting “death” to Pesident Obama and to America. The angry protesters also burned Pastor Terry Jones in effigy.
Jones told CNN that “we have firmly made up our mind” to go forward with the burnings burnings, “but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it.” He added his parishioners are “weighing the situation.” “Our message is a message of warning to the radical element of Islam,” said Jones.
In other words, Jones plans to milk the media attention and his new anti-Islam cash cow for all it’s worth. The apocalyptic pastor began his anti-Islam campaign last year, by erecting a sign, saying “Islam is of the Devil,” at his church. Now, he is successfully tapping into the Islamophobia that has been unleashed by bigoted opposition to the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.
Jones’ bigoted anti-Islam rhetoric is plastered all over his websites. On his Islam is of the Devil site, he writes “To bring to awareness to the dangers of Islam and that the Koran is leading people to hell. Eternal fire is the only destination the Koran can lead people to so we want to put the Koran in it’s place – the fire!”
And over at Dove World Outreach Center, you will find similar incendiary rhetoric.
“Any religion which would profess anything other than this truth is of the devil. This is why we also take a stand against Islam, which teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God, therefore taking away the saving power of Jesus Christ and leading people straight to Hell.”
And under a blog posting, entitled “Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran,” the Dove Outreach Center for right-wing evangelical lunatics, calls Islam Satanic.
“We are burning Korans to raise awareness and warn. In a sense it is neither an act of love nor of hate. We see, as we state in the Ten Reasons below, that Islam is a danger. We are using this act to warn about the teaching and ideology of Islam, which we do hate as it is hateful.” [..]
Check out reasons three, nine and ten:
The Koran’s teaching includes Arabian idolatry, paganism, rites and rituals. These are demonic, an ongoing satanic stronghold under which Moslems (sic) and the world suffer.
Deep in the Islamic teaching and culture is the irrational fear and loathing of the West.
Islam is a weapon of Arab imperialism and Islamic colonialism. Wherever Islam has or gains political power, Christians, Jews and all non-Moslems (sic) receive persecution, discrimination, are forced to convert. There are massacres and churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship are destroyed.
Gainsville officials refused Jones’ request for an outdoor burning permit, but he says he still plans to burn the Islamic holy books on church grounds on Saturday, permit or no permit.