The Dove World Outreach Center is not a Christian church. Pastor Terry Jones is not a Christian pastor. And he and his "congregation" are not Americans.
Here is why I say all this. It is NOT Christian to burn ANY book, let alone a book of religious signifigance. It is NOT Christian to host an "International Burn a Quran Day." It is NOT Christian to condemn a whole group of people for the actions of fanatics. Any Christian will tell you that God has commanded us to 1) love one another, 2) forgive one another, 3) leave the job of justice to Him. Pastor Jones is a lunatic no better than al-Queada.
They are not Americans because this country was founded on principles based on the Judeo-Christian influence. (I know many don't like the Judeo-Christian hyphenation, but they - as well as the Islamic faith - have THE SAME GOD). And it was founded by people fleeing religious persecution who wanted to be able to practice their faith in peace. America was founded on principles of religious tolerance. I also say they are not Americans because Americans would not do anything so stupid that would directly, as a result of their actions, cause the deaths of American service men and women.
And this latter is exactly what these actio0ns would do. If it was just some stupid stunt that would make people mad, I'd say "whatever" and tell people to ignore them. But this will (has already) igniote violence that will cost young American men and women to lose their lives for no better reason than some brain dead HATER who is NOT CHRISTIAN in any way shape or form wants their few minutes of fame (or more accurately, infamy).
For those who would say to me that this is his right under the First Amendment, I say yuo are WRONG! It is not allowed, even with the First Amendment, to yell 'fire' in a crowded theater. And it is just as not allowed for this lunatic to be allowed to do something that will, and I cannot repeat this enough for all of you to understand, result in the DEATHS OF AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN!
So here is my right under the First Amendment. I am calling for everyone who loves this country, who are religious in any way, who supports our men and women in the military, who doesn't want to see someone's son/husband/brother/dad/uncle or someone's daughter/mother/wife/sister/aunt be jeopardized by this ridiculous move, call or write or visit or email or in any way possible (BEFORE 9/11 - this Saturday), express PEACEFULLY that you are adamantly opposed to this event occurring. Here is the "church's" contact information:
Dove World Outreach Center
5805 Northwest 37th Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
Agree, disagree, it doesn't matter. SO long as I get you to think for yourself and understand all the issues involved in this lame brained move, I will have done my job. Because hey, this is just me, Thinking Out Loud.
Have a blessed day.