Terry and the Mullahs

Terry Jones, the self-styled “evangelical pastor” of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, provoked the deaths of 21 innocent United Nations personnel in Afghanistan by burning a copy of the Q’ran in Florida. My first thought was that he had again proven himself a world-class fool. His plan to burn 200 copies of the Muslim holy book on September 11, 2010 had provoked protests that killed at least four Afghans and others in Kashmir, Indonesia, and other countries. He should know that burning a Q’ran would result in more deaths. However, he is far from a fool. He is an evil genius who figured out how to become a serial killer without breaking any law!

The foolish ones are the Muslim leaders who allow themselves to be played by the likes of Terry Jones. Mullah Mohammed Shah Adeli, one of the mullahs in Mazar-i-Sharif who incited the riots, said “Burning the Koran is an insult to Islam, and those who committed it should be punished,” he said. This bright boy provoked his followers to kill 12 innocent Westerners, presumably on the principle that it is better to kill whoever is handy than to let an offense go unpunished.

It is hard to believe that the Q’ran contains no equivalent to one of the oldest legal principles known to the human race: “Let the punishment fit the crime.” Does the Q’ran actually supply a rationale for killing people who are not even from the United States in retaliation for an American fruitcake’s act of burning a copy of it? If there were any appropriate reaction to Terry Jones’s lame act, it would be to burn a bunch of Bibles. Similarly, instead of rioting and killing people in response to a Danish cartoonist’s offensive depiction of Mohammed, why did Muslims not respond with cartoons of Jesus approving violence committed by Christians? That would be more fitting.

Religion is, by definition, irrational, but killing Napalis and Europeans in Afghanistan over something done in the United States by a citizen of that country is wrongheaded by any measure. There is no defending Terry Jones. He is a deluded megalomaniac who should be on medication. Despite the culpability of Jones, the mullahs who sent their followers out into the street to kill and injure men and women who were in their country to help it to recover from decades of war are guilty of greater evil. A huge majority of Christian leaders are condemning Terry Jones’s acts. It is disappointing that Muslims in the United States are not more vocal in protesting the inhuman acts of their Afghan co-religionists.


John B. Payne, Attorney
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