This idiot is at it again. Pastor plans on burning qurans, this time in my hometown.

Quran Burning Planned For Mulberry

Controversial Gainesville pastor says he will torch 3,000

MULBERRY | A Florida pastor known for inciting international controversy for burning a copy of the Quran says he wants to burn nearly 3,000 of the Muslim holy books during a Sept. 11 event in Mulberry.

Terry Jones told The Ledger by phone he plans to burn the books at a rural Mulberry residence — one book for every person killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Jones's threatened burning of a Quaran in 2010 enraged Muslims around the world. After backing down from his planned demonstration in New York, Jones eventually burned a book at his Gainesville church, which 10 days later sparked riots in Afghanistan, where 20 people died, including seven United Nations workers.

He said Wednesday he will use the Mulberry property of Bill McKinnley for the burning while his church, Dove World Outreach Center, is looking for a new location in the Tampa Bay area, focusing on Pinellas and Manatee counties. The church sold its Gainesville property earlier this month. Jones said.

"We were looking for a place to do it," Jones said. "We checked out several places ... this individual called us and offered us his property if we had not found a place. So yeah, we took him up on the offer."

McKinnley said Wednesday he would not say whether the event would or would not be held on his property.

Some in Mulberry don't want Jones there.

"He's not welcome as far as I'm concerned," said Mulberry City Commissioner James Splaine.

"That guy in my book is just nothing but a troublemaker. You can't start messing with people's religions. Whether you like them or not, it's up to them to have their own religion."

Jones said.

Jones said he does believe there are some peaceful Muslims, but said that often changes as Muslims move from a minority to a majority. He said he hopes the Mulberry event will lead to sanctions against predominantly Muslim countries he said violate basic human rights.

"We would like to cause such an awareness that those countries would be forced to adopt at least basic human rights," Jones said, "where people who live there are not afraid to speak out, to be Christians or to be atheists."

Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, takes issue with Jones.

"If this man and his congregation feel they are making the world a better place, they are certainly sadly mistaken," Potok said.

"In the case of this group, it absolutely denigrates all Muslim groups and all gay people in particularly vicious ways."

The Dove World Outreach Center's Mulberry event follows a recent visit to Polk County from another of the 1,007 groups the Southern Poverty Law Center considers hate groups.

The Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church protested at the graduation ceremonies of several Polk County high schools in May.

Lakeland is also home to a Southern Poverty Law Center Hate Group: Crew 38. The group describes itself as a group "for racially aware, racially proud White people."

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Comment by Strega on July 19, 2013 at 3:01pm

Yeah, let's burn 30 bibles for the 30 Muslims killed on Sept 11.  And then let's burn a bible for each of the people Yahweh killed in the OT.  Oh and a few copies of the Malleus Maleficarum for all the 'witches' that were killed...

Oh how ridiculous this 'war of religions' has become. How very, very fucking ridiculous.

Comment by Dr. Bob on July 19, 2013 at 8:11pm

I actually had the same notion as H3xx and Strega.   Burn one bible (KJV, of course!) on the street in front of his house for every Iraqi Christian killed in the war in Iraq.   You'll need a lot more bibles than he has Korans. 

Only for a moment though.  I find book-burning so intellectually repugnant that I really can't advocate it for anything.

Comment by SteveInCO on July 19, 2013 at 9:17pm

I find book-burning so intellectually repugnant that I really can't advocate it for anything.

I agree, for all my earlier bravado.  I really was collecting Gideon bibles because I expected them to give me a warm feeling some time (via my woodstove) but I just couldn't do it.

Comment by Ed on July 19, 2013 at 9:41pm

An individual who purposely creates outrage that results in the deaths of innocents needs to be held accountable in some form.  

Comment by Kairan Nierde on July 20, 2013 at 1:33am

Agreed, Ed. It's like shouting fire in a packed theater, except there's actually a fire and some people have IEDs. Oh, well, never mind, I guess it's a bit different. Botheration...we'd didn't start the fire, it was always burnin.'

Fun fact, IED triggers the NSA spy software. So does NSA, I'd bet! Don't forget, they hate us for our freedom, folks.

Comment by max stirner on July 20, 2013 at 3:22pm

...exactly...stage a bible-based BBQ...yummy god-dogs roasted over open-flame KJVs


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