Crazed Pastor Terry Jones Wanted to Burn Books in Florida – The World Said No. EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – September 10, 2010

Crazed Pastor Terry Jones Wanted to Burn Books in Florida – The World Said No. EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – September 10, 2010

Cornwall ON – Book burning is bad.  Book reading is good, and sadly in today’s world far too few books are being read.   Imagine how much better we’d all be if we’d just read more books?

With the internet and our insane world of course who has time to read a book?  It’s just a luxury now; perhaps something one does while on vacation or at the cottage, or forced to do for school.

A whack job preacher from Florida named Terry Jones, as opposed to one of the members from Monty Python, had this idea of burning the Qur’an as a protest….I’m not sure, perhaps against peace or sanity….

This caused a world wide stir.   Protest in countries tiny.   New travels fast when you’re doing something as bizarre as burning books.  I mean I’m sure there are some books that deserve to be burnt; I’ve had to read a few, but making a statement like that means that you’re expecting what?

Mr. Jones now has had his moment of glory.  He’s gone from obscure zealot to famous less obscure zealot.   His words have actually probably caused danger to people’s lives because in this world there is always someone who’ll do something crazy because you insulted their mothers, or simply said hello.

What are we going to do when there are no books any more?  Burn iPads?  Throw mixed drinks on them?

When I was deciding to write this I was looking for some rhyme or reason.    I’ve read a lot of books.  I’ve studied a lot of history and sadly I see these times turning into the 30’s.   As our financial quagmire starts to spread and deepen it brings out the worst in people.    I know, now some of you are going to start calling me a Socialist, but I think we need to spend more time and resources caring about each other than nipping and coveting.

This morning I had a chat with a man who trades stocks.    He’s not an investor; it’s all about the deal.   He goes from situation to situation trying to manipulate a stock so that he can cash in a days pay or two.    Who’s to judge?  I’m sure he does some fine things with the wealth he creates for himself and his family and the odds are better for him making money doing this than playing a government lottery.  Plus he gets to have those cool and colourful chats on his extra large computer monitor.

In the end people I think the only things that should be burnt at fires are marshmallows and hot dogs on sticks.   There are too many bad chapters of history that involved burnings.    We are in the year 2010.  It’s time to evolve and stop shooting at each other.

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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tnpreacher555
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How easy we forget : News item dated May 22, 2009 – “The United States Military confiscated bibles sent by an Evangelical group to soldiers during a documentary about sharing faith in a spiritually wrenching time for Christian soldiers. The Government took the books and burned them citing safety of our troops. They didn’t want them to be sent back to the United States fearing that the books would be sent back through another organization. The United States military saw this as an issue that would offend the mostly Muslim nation if they began to think we were distributing Christian… Read more »
Thorin
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Of course religious texts are burned. Lots of actions done out of hate, predjudice and ignorance take place all the time. That does not mean we should condone it and not be critical of it. If our society truly is as advanced and civilized as we would like to think then we need to be leaders, not sink to the level of some others. I think the fact that this nut Jones has the freedom to do it and the major public outcry that followed the publication of his intentions is actually a good sign! It is sometimes easy to… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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Who said I was fighting ignorance with ignorance? Or do mean to say that any ideology based on religion is ignorance? All religion is superstition! Right? Who is fighting hatred with hatred? I am commanded to speak the truth in love. What books do you speak of? There is only one divine inspired Word from God – The Holy Bible. The Bible declares that God is love and also that He is truth. There is no room for pluralism, nor relativism in God’s creation. The same Bible that declares and proves that God is love and truth, also declares that… Read more »
Destructo
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Thorin is right…violence begets violence…lets be the grown-ups for once.

tnpreacher555
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Thorin writes: “different levels of consciousness and moral levels of development” . Moral conscientiousness is not a matter of any type of evolution. God created man after His image and likeness therefore man is a spiritual, moral being. Mankind knows what is right and wrong, and understands that God has given us His standard. Both Islam and Christianity say that their books are from God and have binding authority over mankind. Only in Christianity do you have its leader – the Lord Jesus Christ being raised from the dead. That should tell us something about which book, and which person… Read more »
Furtz
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I think most people who have read the preacher’s letters and comments over the last couple of years have come to the conclusion that trying to have some sort of intelligent discussion or argument with him is impossible. There is absolutely no way that he will consider valid the opinions or beliefs of others. What’s the point of even trying? It’s almost like that Monty Python “I’m here for an argument” skit.

tnpreacher555
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Adm: Which history book are you reading? A green revisionist one? Here is a small sample for all to read: A Modern Skeptic Testifies Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), an agnostic (occasionally professing atheism), has been characterized as the most influential philosopher of the twentieth century. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. He was a militant opponent of the religion of Jesus Christ, even producing a popular essay titled, “Why I am not a Christian.” I mention this to demonstrate that whatever testimony is elicited from him certainly will not arise from a heart that is disposed toward… Read more »
Furtz
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Jamie, don’t you know that people who care about the environment (Environmentalists) are worshiping a false god? They are no different from Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Pastafarians, and on and on. And they will all be going to hell. The preacher has explained this to us many times.

Dawn Amelia Rush
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Well I have to chime in here…. I am very proud to be a follower of Jesus Christ but I would never burn a Quran or any other piece of literature that another faith holds dear. No because i necessarily believe that they are divinely inspired, but because hate, anger, retribution and causing pain in NOT what or how Christ Himself taught. What sickens me most about what I call “Old Testament Christians” is the same that I would say about a small percent of Muslims and a small percent of Jews too…. they select 100 verses RANDOMLY and make… Read more »
smee
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I wonder if we would see the same public out pouring if he wanted to burn the Bible?

The Quiet Guy Next Door
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The Quiet Guy Next Door

On Saturday I burnt two TV Guides and a Ray Bradbury book. I did not get 9,173 news articles written about my actions.

Reg
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YOU BURNED A RAY BRADBURY BOOK! You fiend. We don’t want your kind in our neighborhood. Take your lack of vision and poor appreciation of fine sci-fi and move to Norway or Iceland or France or some other place that lacks a sense of humour.

Reg
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Nope, it’s too cold there. If they try to smile their faces would crack.

I noticed you don’t dispute my comment on the lack of a sense of humour in France.

Grimalot
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Man, I wish I got into this debate long ago, but I just find it a waste of time to debate anything with pastor tom as of late..

Grimalot
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or any pastors for that matter…

Cornwall Harry
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Bite your tongue blasphemer

Grimalot
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lol! 😀 Antipasta, how are you lately? sorry I haven’t been on much as of late..

Furtz
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All hail The Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!!
Only if you want to.

Stan
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Mr.G, this thing will stop only when either we or they are dead! For them the only good infidel is a dead one. For us the only safe muslim is a dead one. Go figure!

Grimalot
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We have fanatics all over the place.. unfortunately, in many of our societies religious beliefs, many of our societies are no better than those they speak ill of… which is why all religion should be abolished out of government for one.. government should be government, a persons religious beliefs should be exactly that, their beliefs.. provided these beliefs do not negatively affect others, then all the more power to them.. Otherwise any religious belief should only be a guideline to a better life.. peace, love, unity, respect, should be the only beliefs that society should follow.. but it will be… Read more »
Grimalot
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At least the tooth fairy brings you imagination and money 😉

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