“Why we burn Korans, a prophetic warning” Dr Terry Jones
To protest against Islam, against Islamic teachings and against Islamic oppression. The teachings of the Koran are responsible for millions and millions of deaths throughout the 1400 year history of Islam. In Islam Koran dominated countries around the world, there is no freedom of speech, no human rights, civil rights, women’s rights.
To send a warning to the radical element of Islam, the element of Islam in America that would like to institute Sharia here in America.
It is an effective way to draw attention to the event, and to the Koran. There are teachings in the Koran, especially in the section Mohammad wrote during his time in Medina, that are very often used and quoted by the radical element of Islam.
To protest the abuses against minorities in Koran dominated countries. In countries where the Koran or Sharia is the law of the land, minorities, Christians, non-Christians are definitely in the clear disadvantage.
For instance, in Saudi Arabia, Christians at Christmas or Easter are not allowed to practice their religion. They are forced to practice Ramadan, eat Halal meats. Civil violations in Saudi Arabia are innumerable. Women are not allowed to drive, not allowed to vote.
By contrast, in Western countries Muslims are allowed to become citizens. There are thousands of mosques here in America. They can practice their religion every day. They are allowed to dress as they please. There might be some restrictions in some countries concerning security, but that is not to be compared to what happens in Muslim countries where people are beheaded for leaving Islam, where Christians are killed, Coptics are killed, churches are burned down.
We are drawing attention to the plight of Christians and other non-Muslims in Muslim dominated countries. Christians are killed or have houses burned down, or churches are burned down, or they are not allowed at all to build churches, or practice their faith freely. Though controversial, our actions are proper and necessary to draw attention to a problem that has been going on since the Islamic Crusade started 1400 years ago with Muhammad when on his deathbed he gave the command to cleanse the Arabian Peninsular of all unbelievers. And that is exactly what Islam has been doing the whole 1400 years.
No matter how many peaceful verses you quote from the time Mohammad was in Mecca, how many violent verses I quote from the Medina years, the facts in every Muslim dominated country are not pretty. I am going by the fruits. I am not going by what we can discuss back and forth. I am going by the fruits.
When Saudi Arabia allows churches to be built there and Christians to preach on the street, to practice their religion, or in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, when they stop killing Christians, when they actually practicing some of those peaceful verses, then that will be something different.
I am interested in the actual practicing of Islam, and I do not see, in the practical aspect, I do not see a peaceful religion.
we should be condemning the conditions that are in Saudi Arabia, as I have mentioned before: the fact that women cannot vote, they cannot obtain a driver’s license, they cannot get an education, travel, without express permission of a male adult, that a woman’s word is worth half of a man’s. Indeed we should be protesting these things, but the United States government and the politicians just simply do not have the guts to do it.
I realize there are different variations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey and other Muslim dominated countries. There are different severities to their rules and regulations, but still it all boils down to the fact that there is not the same type of respect for other religions, there is not the same type of freedom as there is, lets say, here in the United States.
I don’t believe they actually teach the respect of other religions. I don’t really see that. Like I said, in all Muslim dominated countries…. I mean, your explanation I understand. I realize there are different variations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey and other Muslim dominated countries. There are different severities to their rules and regulations, but still it all boils down to the fact that there is not the same type of respect for other religions, there is not the same type of freedom as there is, lets say, here in the United States.
Our First Amendment guarantees us freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is not a practiced, guaranteed, welcomed element in Muslim countries. In Muslim countries you cannot criticize the Koran, you cannot criticize Muhammad, you can’t even criticize Sharia.
So I think definitely just those aspects is a way of Islam insulting, of course, the Jewish religion, insulting the Christian religion. Even the Muslims say Jesus was not the Son of God which is what we believe. That is of course a tremendous insult to Christianity. They do not believe that he died upon the Cross and died for our sins. That is a tremendous insult to Christianity. They believe that he was just a man, or perhaps a prophet. That is lowering what we consider his deity, as being the Son of God.
So I don’t think you can really say that Islam does not insult other religions. Their very teaching insults Christianity, for sure.
Muslims do not believe in “all men are created equal.” Muslims are the better people, that is what the Koran says. Muslims will always believe, not just in Muslim countries, Muslims will never consider Christians, non-believers, women, homosexuals, they will never be considered as equal.
Even though I may not agree with their practice, I do not agree with homosexuality, but I don’t agree with killing them either. So I think that definitely there is just simply no comparison between freedom in Muslim society and freedom in a Islam dominated country.
A journalist cannot criticize Muslim dominated governments. That is just not going to go well for you. If you want to criticize, be able to speak your opinions, speak your mind, speak out against Sharia, Islam, then that is of course going to bear very, very severe consequences.
In America, if you want to speak out and criticize the Bible you can, you can criticize Jesus if you want to, those types of freedom or critical thinking. Critical thinking is part of Western society. Critical thinking, of course, is not allowed or accepted in Islam.
What I see that I am doing, to a certain extent, is giving a prophetic warning to the world, let’s say. There is also that example. There is also the example of warning people if they are going in the wrong direction, giving a warning to society. So I think that is more of what I am doing.
I am giving a prophetic warning and saying, “Watch out! Be careful. There is a part of the Koran that is very dangerous, there is an element of Islam that is very dangerous and oppressive. Do not be fooled by all of the peace talk, because behind the peace talk we do not see the fruits.”