Florida Church Burns Koran
A church in Gainesville, Florida has burned a copy of the Koran following a trial of the Islamic holy book. According to Agence France-Presse, the spectacle was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, the notorious church leader who canceled a planned Koran burning late last year following widespread outrage and an admonition from US authorities that his action could endanger the lives of American troops fighting in Muslim countries.
Sunday’s event, dubbed “International Judge the Koran Day,” drew around 30 spectators. The Koran was given a “trial,” the “jury” deliberated for about eight minutes, and a guilty verdict was delivered. Apparently this “trial” was rigged, because the Koran had already been soaking in kerosene for an hour. Jones opined that the Koran couldn’t have a real trial without real punishment, and so it was that Pastor Sapp torched the book with a barbecue lighter. The Koran burned for about 10 minutes; some in the audience posed for photos.
Jones supporter Jadwiga Schatz said she attended the event because of the growing “threat” of Islam in Europe, half a world away from Florida. “These people (Muslims), for me, are like monsters,” she opined. “I hate these people.”
Jones called the burning a success. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.
Jones and his ilk despise the Koran and Islam, which they say are “of the devil,” because of the violence espoused in the holy book’s pages. They point to verses such as “kill the disbelievers wherever you find them” and Islamic jurisprudence prescribing severe punishments such as stoning for adulterers as proof of how barbaric Islam is. But to paraphrase the Christian bible that Jones and his Islam-hating brethren hold so dear, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”Apparently, Pastor Jones doesn’t know his bible very well. Here are some scriptural passages that would make the most fanatical Taliban cleric proud:
Death by stoning, punishment for disobeying your parents:
“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother… then his father and his mother lay hold of him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city… and they shall say unto the elders of his city: this our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.” (Deuteronomy 21)
Death by stoning for being an infidel:
“If they brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods… thou shalt not consent unto him… neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death… and thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy god.” (Deuteronomy 13)
Death by stoning for psychics:
“A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20)
Death by stoning for adulterers, a punishment which, by the way, is NOT in the Koran:
“If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto a husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her, then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die.” (Deuteronomy 22)
Slavery as punishment for female rape victims (while the rapist gets off with a fine and a new wife):
“If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, the man who lay with her shall give fifty shekels of silver to the young woman’s father, and she shall become his wife. Because he violated her he shall not be permitted to divorce her as long as he lives.” (Deuteronomy 22)
Murder, rape and plunder of women, children, infants and unborn babies:
“Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” (Numbers 31)
“Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.” (Kings 15)
“Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks.” (Psalms 137)
“And to the other he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark… And he said unto them, defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.” (Ezekial 9)
“Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her god: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” (Hosea 13)
There are literally hundreds of such abhorrent passages in the Christian bible, prescribing horrific punishments, often death, for offenses as varied as homosexuality, eating shellfish and speaking to a woman who is menstruating. But nobody in this country is burning bibles. Nobody in America is spewing hate speech about how evil Christianity is. The Koran-burning folks down in Florida, however, are too ignorant to realize that in this country, they are the closest thing to the Taliban we’ve got.
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