Thursday, September 9, 2010

GREAT NEWS: Another Pastor now planning Quran Burning

I wonder if the stammerer in Chief will make two phone calls, now. 

I believe Terry Jones was just looking for cheap publicity.  But this dude sounds like a legitimate nutcase:

Conservative Christian leaders condemned a Florida pastor who plans to burn 200 copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, saying Wednesday that Christians don't burn other religions' holy books.

It's as simple as the "separation of church and hate," said the Rev. Rick Warren, a California megachurch pastor who prayed at President Obama's inauguration.

The National Association of Evangelicals, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Southern Baptist leaders all issued similar statements leading up to Saturday's anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

"Book burning is a cowardly act by those afraid that their beliefs aren't strong enough to attract people if they are allowed a choice," said Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life.

The Rev. Bob Old of Springfield, Tenn., doesn't care what they think.

The longtime Baptist minister says the Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Center Outreach in Gainesville, Fla., is doing the right thing by burning the Quran. So he's going to do likewise.

Old plans to set fire to a Quran on Saturday at his home and then post a video of the burning book online. And if he had his way, there would be no Muslims in America.

"If they want to have their religion, they can have it somewhere else," said Old, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Joelton and Academy Heights Baptist Church in Gallatin, which merged with another church. He no longer has a congregation and instead runs an evangelical ministry called Disciples of Christ.

News of the local Quran burning angered the Rev. Larry Herbert of Faith Covenant Church in Springfield. He dismissed it as a publicity stunt.

"The guy is a nut," Herbert said. "This is crazy. I am sorry that anyone who names the name of Christ would do this."

It is extraordinarily stupid for either man to deliberately inflame members of a faith they don’t believe in and don’t practice.  Don’t care for Islam?  Fine.  Preach the Gospel.

UPDATE: Forgot to link the news that Jones has cancelled his little dog and pony show, apparently because the Ground Zero Mosque leader has agreed to move his project.

It’s time for somebody to show some leadership.