Jones, you may remember, got some attention in the LGBTQ media when his church put up a sign that said "No Homo Mayor" earlier this year. And if you need any more proof that the War on Islam that the (Christian) Right is engaged in has nothing to do with advancing liberal values like rights for gays and women, no matter their attempts to sell us their various battles with "Muslims are worse than us," then here's a video officially "endorsed" by Terry Jones and produced by his church where they explain just what they think about the homosexuals:
This is, for all intents and purposes, a Farhenheit 451-esque book-burning that's not about attacking power but about attacking ideas. While the particular ideas in question, in both the Bible and the Quran, run counter to secular, liberal values that would make us oppose book-burning, the entire point of having an open society is that people are allowed to question the openness of that society and that they will basically learn the value of that freedom by experiencing it instead of by being told over and over that it's good for them, but that they can't handle it themselves.
The center says it was founded in 1986 as a "total concept church for the rich, the poor, the young and the old." Its purpose is to "stand up for righteousness and for the truth of the Bible." It stresses that "Christians must return to the truth and stop hiding."
"We need to speak up against sin and call the people to repentance. Abortion is murder. Homosexuality is sin. We need to call these things what they are and bring the world the true message: that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life," it says on the church's website.
It also emphasizes its dislike of Islam, and on its website, it blog posts an item called "Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran.
"Any religion which would profess anything other than this truth is of the devil. This is why we also take a stand against Islam, which teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God, therefore taking away the saving power of Jesus Christ and leading people straight to Hell," the site says.
Jones also told CNN that he's OK with Muslims in America, so long as they "observe the Constitution and don't try to impose Sharia law." This man lacks his faculty of self-awareness, as Biblical law is completely impose-able according to him.
"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort," Petraeus told the Wall Street Journal. "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."
You know what else is "the kind of action the Taliban uses"? Our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, our bombings in Pakistan and Yemen, and our funding of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Oh, and torture, indefinite imprisonment, extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib....
And what else "endangers troops"? How about their presence in these senseless wars?
But some two-bit pastor in Florida burning a Quran? How about this: we stop our wars in various Muslim countries and we respect everyone's basic human rights and we see how much the people of Afghanistan care about Terry Jones burning a Quran. Just as an experiment.
Otherwise, it does kind of look like a government official is again using national security as an excuse to squelch a speech act. And, like a good little establishment toadie, Anderson Cooper here asks Jones if he cares about the troops: