Thinking Out Loud

September 9, 2010

The Book The Florida Pastor Should Be Burning

I’ve been debating for several hours whether or not to post this, because I really don’t want to give Terry Jones — the term Reverend no longer seems appropriate — any more publicity than he is already receiving for his plan to burn 200 copies of the Quran on Saturday, September 11th.

But I can’t keep this to myself.   It is allegedly something along the lines of the “student handbook” that students at his Bible academy receive.  Check out all six pages posted at The Smoking Gun.   (Or this summary.)

BTW, if you’re in the U.S. and think this is a “made in USA” story; you should know that this is an international incident.   It was the lead item on Tuesday night’s CBC National news in Canada.   At this writing, the USAToday story online is approaching the 5,000 comments mark.

Sidebar:   What we’re seeing here is also making this a good time to question the use of the term ‘Protestant.’   We tend not to think of extremists as Evangelical extremists or Charismatic extremists, while certainly some exist.   Instead it usually a group of hardline fundamentalist Protestant fringe groups, who, while far from the Mainline Protestant are simply to distanced from Evangelicals for the term to fit.

It’s also interesting in that we tend to think of religious extremists as existing in the middle east, not so close to home.

UPDATE:  Here’s a “red letter” response to all this compiled by author and musician John Fischer.

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