Extreme fundamentalist U.S. pastor is focus of Muslim outrage – again

April 2, 2011
kabul koran protest

(Afghans protest in Kabul on April 1, 2011 against the burning of the Koran by a U.S. pastor/Omar Sobhani )

A extreme fundamentalist Christian preacher in Florida who caused an international uproar last year by threatening to burn the Koran has put himself back in the spotlight after incinerating Islam’s holy book — again with deadly consequences.

Thousands of protesters in northern Afghanistan, enraged over news that the Florida pastor Terry Jones had overseen a torching of the Koran, stormed a United Nations compound on Friday, killing at least seven U.N. staff.  A suicide attack hit Kabul and a violent demonstration against Koran-burning rattled the southern city of Kandahar on Saturday.

Jones, the 58-year-old head of a small fringe church in Gainesville, Florida, drew worldwide condemnation in September over his plans to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Several people were killed in protests then in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

Jones eventually canceled that event under intense pressure from the U.S. government, the Pope, and other global leaders. But he has remained an outspoken critic of Islam, and says parts of the Koran can lead to violence and terrorism. On March 20, he presided over what he called an “International Judge the Koran Day” in which he supervised the burning of the book in front of some 50 people.

Video posted on the website of his Dove World Outreach Center church showed a kerosene-soaked book going up in bright flames in a metal fire pit similar to those often found in backyards and patios, but located inside the church.

Read the full story by Kevin Gray here.

Here’s a Reuters video on the Mazar-i-Sharif attack:


Follow FaithWorld on Twitter at RTRFaithWorld

rss buttonSubscribe to all posts via RSS

One comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

[…] Reuters Blogs (blog) […]

Posted by Nine killed and 81 injured in Kandahar protest against US burning of Qur’an – The Guardian | OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN | Report as abusive

[…] Reuters Blogs (blog) […]

Posted by Terry Jones: How free speech and Quran burning can lead to violence – Christian Science Monitor | Today News 24 Headlines | Report as abusive

[…] Reuters Blogs (blog) […]

Posted by Terry Jones: How free speech and Quran burning can lead to violence – Christian Science Monitor | getblogged.net | Report as abusive

[…] Reuters Blogs (blog) […]

Posted by Protests over Koran burning spread in Afghanistan, with 9 dead in Kandahar – Washington Post | Report as abusive

The only ones deserving of the words “Extreme” and “Fundamentalist” are the nut jobs in Afghanistan.

Posted by NilsPils | Report as abusive