Florida: Islam continues to be victimized in the name of “Freedom of Speech” and groups and individuals have been exercising their maligned practices and objectives under the cover of this right in order to defame Islam and the Muslims. The United States of America is no exception in this case as an infamous pastor of Florida besides so many others has been a source of hatred-chimney against Islam.
The pathetic pastor of Florida, Terry Jones, has caused severe protests in the Islamic countries and hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the globe at number of occasions as he announced and practiced “The Quran burning day” in the past. He also announced to repeat his disgusting practice this year as well on September 11 in the memory of the victims of 9/11 attacks.
However, the controversial pastor was arrested on September 11 before he executed his plan to burn almost 3,000 copies of the Muslims sacred and holy book, The Quran, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The news of his arrest was confirmed by the US media reported. Nonetheless, it is imperative to note that the US authorities have not arrested the pastor on the charges of fueling hatred against the Muslims but Terry Jones, 61, has been detained in the town of Mulberry, near Tampa, on the charges of transporting fuel illegally and openly carrying a firearm, the Orlando Sentinel said.
Deputies said that Jones was riding in a pickup truck that was towing a trailer carrying a large barbecue-like grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans. He also had extra bottles of the fuel inside the truck bed, the Sentinel reported.
Jones’s planned public burning of the Muslim holy book came with tensions high in the Middle East, and with possible international military action in Syria still on the table having been touted by the US President Barack Obama.
According to Jones’s website, he had plans to burn 2,998 Korans in the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, in recognition of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Jones was arrested alongside Associate Pastor Marvin Sapp minutes before the scheduled burning, the Sentinel said.
As pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, Jones in 2010 threatened to burn copies of the Holy Quran, drawing widespread outrage in the United States and abroad, before he called the plan off. In 2011, however, his congregation did burn the Muslim holy book and the following year he promoted an anti-Islam film. All three incidents sparked violence in the Middle East and Muslim countries and came despite pleas from US military officials to cease.