Terry Jones' 'Burn a Quran Day' Met with Outrage
Fringe Preacher Terry Jones: 'Burn a Quran Day on September 11'
Christian Fundamentalist preacher Terry Jones announced "Burn a Quran Day" at his Gainesville, Flordia compound on September 11. His speeches have sparked outrage both in the USA and in Afghanistan, with demonstrations in the streets of Kabul. Terry Jones' Dove World Outreach Center is a fringe church with 50 members.
Some backlash to Terry Jones' "Burn a Quran Day" has come from the US military itself. General David Petraeus said, "It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort", saying that rhetoric like Jones' just plays into the hands of the Taliban.
"It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."
Petraeus has a point: Real-life video footage of Americans burning the Quran on US soil would make Americans look like the Taliban.