Pastor Terry Jones of the USA is back in the news
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Stories written about him, unpublished and embargoed are being brought out for publication. This piece is one among several that had been embargoed but is now being published as Pastor Terry Jones bounced back in the news.
The author of this piece believes that the noise being made by Pastor Terry Jones is a smokescreen for implementation of ill-conceived ideas, which take the form of anti-holy Quran, anti-Islam and anti-Muslim campaign that erupted in the United States of America during the administration of George Bush Jr.
These men, seven years ago, 2003 AD, threw away their own lives only to get at the lives of people through a suicide spree by the hijack of four aircrafts flying over the U.S.
This act shocked the whole world and the good people quickly showed concerned, solidarity and sympathy to America. The good people of America remain calm. And the George Bush administration tried to make a distinction between the terrorist and Islam. But it faulted and turned around at some point and identified himself with the anti- Islam slogan to justify the invasion of Arab and Muslim countries. As if different people have different agenda in their relationships with the Muslims and Arabs, the politicians, far-right extremists who had been defeated in the last American presidential election because of lack of democratic ideas, changed their tactics and their language by using Islam as enemy and branding the American president as a Muslim, a non-Christian, an Arab for their political purpose.
For Terry Jones and his faceless supporters took the anti-Islam propaganda to a very high level, threatening to burn the book of Allah.
The intervention was a partial success for the Pastor agreed to drop his threat, saying he was going to put it in hole ostensibly in compliance with the request of President Obama. Be that as it may, it did not stop others highly charged to go ahead with the plan to burn the Quran.
The statement of Mr Jones seriously offended the sensibility of the whole Muslim Community, covering Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, America prompting leaders especially that of Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population about 250 million to warn of serious consequences if that threat was allowed to materialize in the USA.
And in Africa, President Yaya Jammeh made his voice heard, added to that of the President of Indonesia and several others. The air raid in America opens a terrible can of worms and American Intellectuals, university academicians, church and civil leaders, politicians have still not told the world why Islam the religion of peace, and Muslims who have surrendered themselves to Allah and the Holy book of Allah have been picked for a fight, persecution and summary execution for the crime of about a dozen men who have perished in the inferno and have been condemned by Muslims. Muslims are oppose to an act of suicide, considering it as a sin and hell fire being the punishment for it. How then do you single out Islam, the Quran and Muslims for the act of those already condemned by Muslims.
The full biography of Pastor Jones is not available. Nonetheless, knowledge of his own background is deducted from his own utterances. He is a stock of the Anglo-Saxon pedigree (the name Jones implies).
He, in the full glare of the world press confessed that he had never read the Holy Quran and did not claim either a possession of knowledge of any part of it.
One thing is clear, he has shown personal grievance about something else other than what he is proclaiming and this, he cannot disclosed openly and using the Holy Quran as a scapegoat.
And observers of his mental position do not credit it as sparkling and he is basking himself deep in the anti-Holy Quran campaign which he spread in the whole of United States of America resulting in a dark situation for the Muslim Arabs in America and elsewhere.
This sort of scenario is not new in America. In the 60s there was a MacArthur, a senator who went round the United States of America smearing, brushing people with black paint, accusing everybody of being a communist.
This did a lot of damage to the standing of a lot of good people in America. Almost everyone was afraid of challenging the senator as he had a free ride in the country.
Opinion is that Pastor Terry Jones is a repeat of the event of the 60s. For he is denouncing the Quran and nobody in America, as far as we are aware, is prepared to challenge him theologically, politically and academically. The only difference between Senator MacArthur and Pastor Terry Jones is that one speaks about communism and the other speaks about religion. But both can generate discord. The lives of 7 million Muslims in America have been exposed to hate and danger by the propaganda campaign of the Pastor.
What good people did on the 11 September was to preach peace and tolerance emulating, Jesus Christ when he said, when one is given a blow on one cheek, give the other cheek to the aggressor.
That is the true heart of all Christians, tolerance and forgiveness. But that is not the heart of Terry Jones and his supporters.
It is doubtful if Pastor Jones is concerned about the security, safety of people in America, especially the Arab/Muslims minorities, for we are told that out of America’s population of about three hundred million; about seven million are all Arab/Muslims. Is the Pastor not aware that he has unleashed thugs against Muslims? Already we have seen violence been meted-out to Arab Muslims as part of the Arab/Muslim phobia. It is unbelievable that Jones is a man of God. A man of God does not fan trouble. What is expected of him in a tense situation like 9/11, is to preach tolerance and peace.
As a result a lot of deplorable things happened, giving rise to events that caused people of high profile to give factual knowledge of past events. One such person cautioning the people of the world was the celebrated British historian, Edward Gibbon. He tells us that history is a strange thing, but stranger is that those who study it do not benefit themselves from knowledge of the subject and they invariably pay a heavy price. One case in point, which the world is presently witnessing is the Ivorian leader, President Laurent Gbagbo who we are told is a professor of history. See what he is doing!
History is documentation of events - good or bad – on social, cultural economics, military, agriculture, education, prosperity, disaster, etc. of the world or a particular country.
This act was part of the Nazi party demonstration of their dislike and hatred of Jews and the escalation of their anti Semitism. A campaign fueled by the high level of doses of indoctrination, the members of the Nazi went through.
The effect of which was to make them feel they were the superior race in the world, leading them among other things to go house-to-house searching for and collecting all copies of the Torah, throwing them in streets and squares and setting them on fire.
In self-gratification, the Nazi thugs walked in the streets, singing and chanting anti-Jewish slogans. Exactly the sort of thing Pastor Jones is doing with his supporters.
Whatever problems Germans had with the Jews should not have led them to burn the Torah. And it is known the reason for fighting the Jews was not religion but economics, the same reason for fighting the Arabs and the Muslims in America. A Jew friend of mine confided in me his knowledge of what was the practice in Germany at the time. He said the prison gates were always wide open ready to receive Jews, sometimes very influential ones for refusing to give bribe to top officials. This was the plight of Jews. The climax of all anti-Semitism was the burning of the Torah. While the Germans were burning the book of God the Nazi party continued to boast and using the Iron Cross as an identification of their commitment to Christianity. Their actual motive was not religion, but economics and politics. And so is Pastor Jones and his people.
But God is never in a hurry to act. He abides by his own timetable. And no event can cause him to change that timetable as an immediate response to an act.
The Germans continued in that spirit of Supremacy and as the time of retribution drew near, Satan pushed them into declaring war. As the Torah was on fire all over Germany, there was now at the time of retribution, fire all over Germany. The houses, the people, everything was inflame through the bombardment of Allied Forces. A German visitor to my house told me, how his father died in one of the allied air raids on Dresden. So, we now quote Professor Trevor Rupper, in his book entitled, the ‘Last Days of Hitler’. He said, “Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”
The Americans must take leaf from what happened in Germany in the 30s, the burning of the Torah. Now the Americans are burning the Quran, a book of God that has nothing to do with them. It has not created any trouble for them. It has not created any problem for them. They just want to do it out greed.
Author: By Alhagie Ba Tarawale, Journalist/Researcher, Tel: 7278341 or 6632 915.