As we get closer to the 9th anniversary of 9/11 we are forced to take pause and reflect on the events of the past several months. As well as a certain planned event for Saturday.  Being agnostic I clearly see the folly on both sides of this issue. Being a human being of reasonable intelligence I clearly see the wrongness in burning holy text. Not from a religious stand point, but from a humanitarian View Point.  The idea is clear Mr. Jones is sending a direct message to Muslims that their religion is not tolerated here. Whatever Jones says he can not hide the intent of burning the Qur’an. He claims that he not speaking to the moderate Muslims, but to those extremists that attacked us on 9/11. That doesn’t fly. By burning their holy text you are speaking to every Muslim. And that is unacceptable.  And it is equally unacceptable to provoke violence from those you know can be provoked into violence.  While he will enrage the moderate he most likely will not get a violent response. But his words, he is taunting the extremists. And that makes his actions premeditated. And as he has the constitutional right, as a self-proclaimed man of God he has a greater responsibility towards peace and humanity. I do not fear his actions will bring retaliation here. It’s not the solders I fear for, though they will be the most likely targets.  It’s the Christian population throughout the middle east. Jordan, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Palestine. These are the ones Terry Jones is willing to put in harm’s way to prove Islamic extremists can be pushed into acts of violence. And those of you who call yourselves American and Christian are willing to step back and allow radical extremists kill innocent people, in order to justify your intolerance of Islam.  Terry Jones Responsibilities to the words and teachings of Jesus, should outweigh his constitutional right and his own deep prejudice and intolerance.

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