US pastor who burned Koran says violent attack in Afghanistan ‘proves his point’ about IslamApril 2nd, 2011 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 2 (ANI): Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who oversaw the burning of a Koran last month, has said that he does not feel responsible for a violent protest at a United Nations compound that killed 12 people in Afghanistan.
The New York Times quoted Jones as saying that the protest proved his point.
“We don’t feel responsible for that,” he said.
“It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive. We do not even burn it with great pleasure or any pleasure at all. We burn it because we feel a deep obligation to stay with the court system of America. The court system of America does not allow convicted criminals to go free. And that is why we feel obligated to do this.”
The killings in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif followed a protest march against the Koran burning issue. Jones supervised while another pastor, Wayne Sapp, soaked the Koran in kerosene and burned it.
Prior to the Koran burning incident, Jones had conduced a self-styled mock trial of the holy book wherein he pronounced the Koran guilty of five “crimes against humanity,” including the promotion of terrorist acts and “the death, rape and torture of people worldwide whose only crime is not being of the Islamic faith,” the paper said.
Reverend Lawrence D. Reimer, pastor of the United Church of Gainesville lamented the death of the people in Afghanistan, saying: “It’s just a horrible tragedy that this act triggered the deaths of more innocent people.”
Meanwhile, Jones has urged the United States and United Nations take “immediate action” against Muslim nations in retaliation for the deaths.
“The time has come to hold Islam accountable,” he added. (ANI)
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