Memo to Pastor Terry Jones: Your Actions Are of the Devil

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Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove World church in Florida, is planning on burning the Quran on September 11th, 2010.

According to Jones, the reasoning is as such:

What we’re also doing by the burning of the Quran on 9/11 is we’re saying stop. Stop to Islam. Stop to Islamic law. Stop to brutality.

This man also wrote a book titled “Islam is of the devil”. He’s got it backward–his burning of the Quran allows extremists, such as the Taliban, to use the inflammatory Quran burning to subsequently inflict real harm unto the world in the form maiming or ending Afghan and Iraqi civilians’ lives , as well as those of U.S. troops.

The above is direct from the mouth of General Petraeus:

Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S. and making it harder for allied troops to carry out their mission of protecting Afghan civilians.

Jones’ actions are of the devil because they cannot be construed in any manner to achieve the stated goal–to end the brutality that is inflicted in the name of Islam. As Petraeus said, burning the Quran will if anything only magnify the brutality.

Islam, like any religion, is an ideology. It can be manipulated in a variety of ways. Many governments in the Muslim world, for example, use Islam to maintain rigid societal control so that their power is above any challenge. Non-government actors, for a myriad of purposes, will also use Islam as a means for their goals.

Thus, it is not Islam that is the devil;  it is the human actors behind it. Pastor Jones, in effect, will breathe life into the actors behind it, creating human victims. Jones is aiding and abetting evil, no matter the stated intent.

The only correct course of action Jones can and should take  is to immediately terminate his plans to burn the Quran with a statement explaining the folly of his skewed thought process.

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