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April 4th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should anything be done about the pastor in Florida who burned the Quran?

Only about 30 people attended a Florida pastor's Quran burning last month, an event that followed a "mock trial" on the holy book of Islam. At the time, the Rev. Terry Jones claimed the event was a success.

Pastor Terry Jones.
Pastor Terry Jones.

He has vowed to put the Islamic prophet Mohammed on trial next.

The actions of this publicity seeking lunatic fringe "pastor" are sparking scores of anti-American protests - many of which turned violent - in cities throughout Afghanistan. More than 20 people were killed over the weekend in retaliation for the burning of the Quran.

Gen. David Petraeus, the allied commander of the 150,000 troops in Afghanistan, says Jones' stunt poses new threats to the security of U.S. soldiers fighting a war against the Taliban.

You may remember Jones had threatened to do something like this once before, but he was talked out of it after people like Petraeus and eventually President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke up.

But Jones just couldn't stay out of the spotlight, and now Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the White House, Congress and the United Nations to bring him to justice, whatever that means.

It's not clear he broke any U.S. laws, just the law against stupidity.

Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said some members of Congress were considering some kind of action against Jones.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress may have to think about limits for freedom of speech when words and actions enrage U.S. enemies and endanger the lives of U.S. citizens overseas.

Here's my question to you: Should anything be done about the pastor in Florida who burned the Quran?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bradley in Portland, Oregon:
If he purchased his copy of the book, and he followed all trash burning and fire regulations in his area, then he didn't do anything wrong. Nothing needs to "be done" about someone just exercising his First Amendment rights. Your question should actually be, "What should be done about murderous savages who deliberately slaughter the innocent, whatever their claimed motivation for doing so?"

JF in New Orleans, Louisiana:
There are many things I'd like to see happen to him, but at least the IRS ought to take away his church's tax-exempt status because of the political nature of his speech.

Frank in Connellsville, Pennsylvania:
To protect our right to speak out passionately for things we defend, we must be ready to defend the rights of those who express the very opposite opinion. I try to remember if someone burns my Bible or flag they are burning symbols not the principles. Nor does it change my rights. That being said, I think the media should ignore the actions of one person. Much like the "church" that protests at military funerals. If we don't give them the stage, they don't have a message.

Richard in Canfield, Ohio:
Unfortunately, nothing will be done to this Neanderthal who put our troops at further risk by his stupid ignorant behavior.

Benny:
There is nothing that can be done. They could stop him from running a church or any religious institution on the grounds of inciting violence. But the people who need to be pulled into the twentieth century are the Afghans. They need to learn that not everyone believes in Mohammed or holds the Quran in high esteem, and there will be people who burn Qurans whether you like it or not.

Gordon:
He deserves to be ignored. All he wants is attention, which he gets from whatever kinds of people are drawn to a church of hate. I'd say that's enough. If I had any sense I would not read about him or respond. So I'm guilty as well. As for the discord in Afghanistan, it's not his fault. It's theirs. The Afghan leaders who encourage or accept murder in response to a senseless, yet harmless, act are more complicit in the deaths than the pastor. No one should be allowed to kill someone because of idiocy that's occurring 10,000 miles away.


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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Terrence Cain

    Yes Jack! Bring him up on trial for war crimes and intent to incite violence during war time. The man is no Pastor and he sure as hell isn't a Christian. Real Christians embrace love and tolerance and try to respect other faiths in this modern era. He burned a Quran and said he new it would cause people to get hurt and did it anyways, so now's the time to arrest him for any of the US Soldiers who died in Afghanistan and around the world because he caused them to be killed needlessly. Maybe burning him at the stake is in order for this "Pastor" from Florida.

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, Texas

    April 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  2. RB in CA

    Should something be done? Sure... How 'bout not giving this moron another keystroke of print or nanosecond of air time.

    If you want to stop these self-serving, social and moral myopic’s then don't publicize their sophomoric antics. Everyone knows the best way to stop the class clown is to simply ignore him.

    RB in CA

    April 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Frances Cappelletti

    Perhaps a padded cell in a mental instution along with his very weird followers. They should not be allowed in public.

    Frances
    Escondido

    April 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  4. John

    That pastor should be brought up on charges for causing our troops more issues than they already have to deal with. People need to think about the consequences of their actions and this guy did not. All he cared about was making a name for himself.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Matt Toohey

    Yes, stop giving him any media coverage that way no one will know what he does.

    Matt
    Rockford

    April 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  6. Greg M.

    Jack,
    I don't know what SHOULD be done,but I will suggest what COULD be done.Anyone of any faith should burn a Bible just to see what he feels or does in response. Greg M. Largo,FL

    April 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  7. charles moore

    This so called peacher was warned this would happen!but what can we do he didn't break the law. But the blood of all those that are killed is on his hands!this is why people have lost faith in organized religion they are about hate now nothing more! If you don't agree with everything they believe they preach hate against you!

    April 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  8. Peg in NY

    Educate him. He should have been educated enough, if he is a good pastor, to know better. His ignorance has been passed onto his flock;
    I so hope they know better.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  9. Joe R - Houston

    The government shouldn't be as reckless as religious nuts who care little or nothing about human rights. In defense of those rights, however, ordinary citizens could deny him and his equally demented flock access to life supporting commodities in the hope that their afterlife will be, if not what they expect, all that they deserve.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  10. John from Alabama

    Jack: If one America should die or be injured, because of the looney tune pastor's remarks he should be arrested. The pastor should be arrested for inciting a riot which harmed or killed a citizen of this country. Free speech is one thing, but yelling fire in a crowed room is wrong. Acts which cause violence should be viewed very closely by the US Justice Department. The pastor can also be extradited to another country should the request come to the Justice Department. Hate only gets more hate.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    He should be arrested and charged with international crime, of inciting riots, and as an accessory to murder.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    An all-expenses paid one-way ticket to Afghanistan should suffice.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Russ in PA

    Yes, leave him alone, and stop showing his shenanigans. Just because he's free to speak his mind doesn't mean that anyone has to pay attention to it.

    Oh, and tell Lindsay Graham that freedom of speech should be permitted especially during war. After all, he never had the cojones to formally declare war in the first place.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  14. Kathleen G., Twin Cities

    Yes, he's committing actions that can incite a public riot. Surely, there must be some sort of charge, even if it's a misdemeanor, that he can be charged with?

    April 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Kathleen Parker , South Carolina

    If a bartender can legally be charged with a crime for providing alcohol to a drunk who later commits vehicular homicide, why is this Pastor not equally guilty in the resulting deaths in Afghanistan? Free speech should not cover situations that have a high probability of instigating fanatics to commit murder.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  16. Louis Patyk

    Yes, he is a terrorist, plain and simple.

    If some one from the mid east made a big thing about burning the Bible, the damange done to a mousk would not be pretty..

    A spade is a spade is a spade and this belongsin prison.

    Louis in La Salle.IL

    April 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  17. Ahmed Amriki

    American citizens should react to this pastor the same way they would have reacted to a Muslim Imam spewing hate. We clearly see the hypocrisy of the government and FBI where they would have taken a Muslim Imam to Gitmo here they are providing protection to the bigot. I would also like to ask the FBI if they are spending time and money coxing teenagers in these types of churches to hurt other Americans or that tactic is reserved only for Muslim youth.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack this guy just wants attention. If the attention does not come then what he did was of no value. He loses. No one was physically harmed by what this Pastor did and I am using the term pastor very loosely. In America you have the right to act like an ass if you want to. The only thing I find offensive or disturbing in any of this is that the man actually has followers. That means he actually has people who will follow his teachings raising offspring of their own and the cycle goes on.. Now that scares the hell out of me.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  19. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Sure, buy him and his friend a one-way ticket to Afghanistan so he can tell those people face to face what his thinking is. Let him alone and the problem will be taken care of by someone else who's not afraid to die.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  20. V.H.

    No, this is the same type of slippery slope that Europe went down-we already have hate crimes are we now gonna have hate speech-is the loss of our freedoms the answer-I think not

    April 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  21. tomt trapani, quito, ecuador

    Jack, free speech can be messy at times having negative consequences. This one of them. Let it be the benefits far outweigh the occasional unease.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  22. Donna from Wisconsin

    This is a very tough call. We in USA have freedom of speech and those Muslims in the middle east don't understand that. What he did is not representative of USA. But he caused the death of many people. Do those in US have the right to protest or pass laws that Muslims shouldn't be able to build Masques? No they don't. Too many of us on both sides of issues forget the freedoms we have when it pertains to the other guy.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  23. Greg in Arkansas

    Not much we can do because he has a Constitutional right to freedom of speech... BUT...., he should be placed on the "NO FLY LIST" to protect everyone else on an airplane he might choose to fly on....just in case any "Radical Muslim" decides to attack this "Radical Christian".

    It's the least we can do to minimize potential collateral damage until OR if he chooses to follow Christ's teachings of "love thy enemy" and exercise his Constitutional "Right to Remain Silent".

    April 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    If the Florida Pastor had burned a Torah or a cross on a black family's lawn he would be charged with a hate crime. America was founded on the principles of religious freedom. I expect he would be treated like Salman Rushdi and the Norwegian cartoonist by the Islamic fringe who violently mirror his misguided sentiments.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  25. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Terry Jones's publicity-seeking egotism and stupidity has already cost the lives of some valuable people, yet he has broken no laws except the one he supposedly professes: Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  26. Bradley, Portland, OR

    If he purchased his copy of the book, and he followed all trash burning and fire regulations in his area, then he didn't do anything wrong. Nothing needs to "be done" about someone just exercising his First Amendment rights.

    Your question should actually be, "what should be done about murderous savages who deliberately slaughter the innocent, whatever their claimed motivation for doing so?"

    April 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  27. Ed from California

    Well for starts, his Wellbutrin ain't working! More people have died in the name of Jesus Christ, than any other person in history. In other words, "Christianity" has some of the most violent "followers' this planet has ever seen, check your history books! All in the name of Jesus, and I'm Catholic!

    Perhaps' the news media, shouldn't do reports on the mentally ill. I know, CNN and MSNBC will go out of business... but reruns of Lucy are funny!

    April 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  28. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    Something probably should have been done the first time he raised his ugly head. Is it possible to charge someone with ignorance and stupidity? With that said, he and his church members started a cycle of violence that they can't take back. I haven't heard anything from them that indiciates that they are taking accountability for what they started with the unnecessary and inflammatory Quaran burning. I'm not quite sure how they can call themselves Christians. I am glad to see some Christian leaders speaking out against what they did.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  29. Benny

    There is nothing that can be done. They could stop him from running a church or any religious institution ob the charges of inciting violence. But the people who need to be pulled into the twentieth century are th Afghans they need to learn that not everyone believes in Mohammed or hold the Quran in high esteem and there will be people who burn qurans whether you like it or not. when they behave like this people will burn more qurans

    April 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  30. mike herring

    Yes, I'd like to see him deported to Afghanistan and let them take care of him over there. It's extreme, I know, but if it's done once and gets the same kind of publicity this yahoo gets, it might give some other nut cases a bit of pause.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  31. Annie, Atlanta

    We should all chip in a few bucks to buy him another Quran, a Bic lighter, and a one way ticket to Kabul, for a first hand education in people of different cultures.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Loren, Chicago

    Rude and disrespectful, particularly for a so-called man of the cloth, but as the Supreme Court has upheld burning our nation's flag as free speech, I don't see how there is anything that can be done.

    As to whether anything ought to be done, I also think that there is nothing that ought to be done, other than providing police protection, because Moslems like to kill people who in their view are disrespectful of their religion.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  33. BILL, WI

    Nothing should be done to the pastor, he was only excercising his right to free speech. You can call him an ignorant fool or charge him for yelling fire in a crowded theater. The speech Karzai gave did more to incite violence than the pastor's actions. When is the focus going to be on the ignorant mindless actions of a mob and the people who used them to commit those murderous acts.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  34. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, we have a constitution that protects the rights of everyone. Unfortunately it also protects the rights of idiots like the pastor and protesters who disrupt our servicemen and women funerals. What the news media can do, is stop giving interviews on live TV to these idiots, be cause publicity is what they seek and the main reason behind their actions.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  35. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    The Supreme Court has ruled that Freedom of Speech is not absolute. Everyone knows the example of crying, "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

    General Petraeus, The Secretary of State, and others told Terry Jones that a desecration would result in lives lost and devaluation of the already sacrificed lives of Petraeus' troops.

    Every family that lost loved ones due to Jones' stupidity should hit him with civil suits until he can no longer afford Qurans or matches.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  36. LaMonte Forthun

    Jack,

    I find it interesting that there's even a discussion about this. I wish he hadn't done it, I'm not thrilled that he did, but what exactly should be done about it? Is there a law against burning books? If he had taken a stack of bibles and burned them would there be any discussion?

    More importantly, I find it rather offensive that the White House has made a comment about this, yet burning an American Flag is protected by the 1st Amendment...

    LaMonte Forthun

    April 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  37. Hemed

    The man is sick, he is an idiot, he did this with a very isidous agenda, if he can go ahead and lash out that all the Islamic regimes in the world should be brought down simple because he believes their rules are demonic and oppressive then let him read Jesus again. It appears he has no clue about the peaceful Jesus the son of Merry.

    The man must believe in reasoning and let him criticise the book through facts, if he argues that muslims are violent it looks too hypocratic in using this option of burning the sacred book of over 1billion people. If his intention is to make every muslim abandon the believe it will be through conviction by laying down facts about the supremacy of his believe. Let him know that if muslims are violent then his approach was too violent even demons are not happy with him.

    Therefore, the best thing to be done to this idiot, warmonger is to ignore. My advice to Muslims is lets reason. Our prophet use to reason. If we believe this man was wrong lets talk to him well and nicely just the way Muhammad SAW did. Lets learn from the man who urinated inside the grand Mosque of Medina, what were the prophet's and the companions actions. The companions wanted to kill him instantly but the prophet's decision was to make him realise how wrong he was.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  38. Gary V

    How religious is someone that lashes out at other beliefs? He's just a fool leading other fools who blindly follow. An individual's own person beliefs are just that, "your own and personal" so keep it that way. Most of the problems in today's world come from some sort of fanatical belief. We dont need freedom of religion, rather freedom from it.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  39. Pete from Georgia

    Yeah, we should probably honor him in some tangible way.
    How bout the Congressional Medal of Honor ???

    April 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  40. JENNA IN ROSEVILLE CA

    Should anything be done about the pastor in Florida who burned the Quran?

    I think that someone should go and burn a BIBLE in front of him and his congregation and see how that makes him/them feel.

    I don't even think that this hateful act falls under Freedom of Speech or even Freedom of Religion, but more as a HATE CRIME. There are LAWS on our books against HATE Crimes and this should apply.

    The fact that he calls himself a CHRISTIAN and pulls this crap is beyond me. This is NOT how true Christians act!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  41. Gordon NJ

    I would happily chip in to buy him an all-expenses-paid trip to Afghanistan and a rental car for him to tour the countryside. From there he could travel onward to Nepal, Romania, Norway and Sweden where he could explain to the families of the UN workers who were brutally murdered in Mazar-e Sharif, exactly why his expression of free speech was so important.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  42. Ms. Lou Mullin

    I don't know how you "do something" to stupid people. I don't particularly care for Muslims being in America but I certainly wouldn't burn their holy book. It is a free society we live in therefore what can you do?

    April 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  43. Ralph McFarland

    No, giving this fellow anymore attention only adds fuel to the fire.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    April 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  44. Jay

    Jack,

    In a single word – NO! It is his constitutional right to do so, although his actions may be proving that intelligence is not evenly distributed through the masses (especially of religious zealots on ALL sides).

    Jay, Ridgecrest, CA

    April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  45. B.J., Quincy, Il

    People who burn the flag of the US, nothing happens to them.Nothing should happen to the pastor.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  46. Patsy

    Gosh, Jack, I wish. But, I also wished something would be done
    about the Westboro Baptist Church. If something could be done
    then yes, it should be. But, people like this think they are the
    only ones right and nothing will convince them of anything else,
    until...........................................................
    PS: Welcome back Jack, don't you go away no more, no more!

    April 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  47. Robby Bowling

    This guy's crazy, and all the media's crazy for giving this story legs. & yes the Muslims are crazy for using this as an excuse ( and a lame one at that ) to kill Christians. They need to lighten up, Mohamed needs to get a sense of humor. Or did I forget that they have sworn to kill all of the infidels. To all concerned get a life.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  48. Gary H. Boyd

    Attempting to do much with or to this guy is like closing the barn door after the horse has left. To Muslims this fella represents all about Americans that they don't like and that's just the way it is. The Muslim world is well over a billion people and the majority can't string two sentences together so expecting them to listen to any rational argument we might make is simply wishful thinking.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  49. Frank, Connellsville, PA

    As much as my response makes me want to shower, it also reminds each of us the true price of freedom of expression. To protect our right to speak out passionately for things we defend, we must be ready to defend the rights of those who express the very opposite opinion. I try to remember if someone burns my Bible or flag they are burning symbols – not the principals, nor does it change my rights. That being said, I think the media should ignore the actions of one person. Much like the "church" that potests at military funerals. If we don't give them the stage – they don't have a message.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  50. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Yes , he should be forced to do a tour of duty with the United Nations in Afghanistan where his designated duty would be to preach to the Afghan people on the principles of love in the Christan faith.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  51. AngryChristian

    Why, is burning a quran illegal? If we bow to their wishes and do as they say, will they quit hating us? Did we start this war? Are we America,or 1930's Poland? How many churches have been burned, synagogues bombed, infidels beheaded? We care what a Muslim thinks why? It's a religion of Hate, death and destruction and we're stupid enough to think that if we quit offending them, they'll play nice. HELLO, IS THIS THING ON, Read their book, the ONLY way a Muslim is guaranteed heaven is to KILL an infidel. I truly wish and pray to God ( The true God, a.k.a. NOT ALLAH!) that America would stop with this political correctness stuff and start fighting this war to win it and dare someone to stop us!

    April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  52. harry

    Thereis little that can be done officaly.

    However I would like to call on all people of faith who feel that this country was made for all men to stand up and denounce the hateful actions of this HIPICRATE of the worst type.

    The last time I went to church the bible containe versus such as "love the emimy as thy friend." and "turn the other check".

    If I acted like this when I attended Catholic School the nuns would hit me with a ruler.

    Personalt that is what need to be done to the false profit that the book of revolation warned the christians about.

    No true man of god ever ever need a gun. Please read the bible and tell me where , Jesus ever caried a sword during his minstry on earth. please note the worlds most powerful goverment was out to get him.

    No Excuse for this behavior

    April 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  53. J Farrow, New Orleans

    There are many things I'd like to see happen to him, but at least the IRS ought to take away his church's tax-exempt status because of the political nature of his speech.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  54. Jim in Denver

    Jack,

    Unfortunately no, we can't touch him as he is protected by the First Amendment. If we try to do anything we undermine the First Amendment and cause irreperable damage to it so when it really needs to be used correctly it cannot.

    Price we pay to live in our modern society, we still have to coexist with idiots and nutjobs.

    Jim

    April 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  55. Norma Jeane

    Jack,
    It is disrepectful toward Muslims, and reinforces steroetypes of Americans. It makes other Christians who do not share the same views, look terrible. It puts our soldiers in the Middle East in danger, if somone is offended, they might try to attack them.
    But at the end of the day he has the right to express himself, no matter how ignorant it may be.
    -Norma Jeane
    Las Vegas, Nv

    April 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  56. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It's a free country isn't it? We allow citizens to burn our flag in protest, don't we? We allowed book burning here. I'm sure someone somewhere around the world has burned a Bible or two.Frankly I'm tired of us having to please everyone all the time. Our country was based on the ideals based on a Christian religion, people made the journey here to practice thier beliefs. As far as I can tell this "hands-off" my religious items is a onesided load of zealot crap, so to speak.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  57. Gordon

    He deserves to be ignored. All he wants is attention, which he gets from whatever kinds of people are drawn to a church of hate. I'd say that's enough. If I had any sense I would not read about him or respond. So I'm guilty as well.

    As for the discord in Afghanistan. It's not his fault. It's theirs. The Afghan leaders who encourage or accept murder in response to a senseless, yet harmless, act are more complicit in the deaths than the pastor. No one should be allowed to kill someone because of idiocy that's occurring 10,000 miles away.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  58. Dave, Huntington, NY

    Yes. We need to give him and his like minded lunatics – including Palin, Brewer and Engle, a few AK-47’s and send them to Afghanistan so they can put their bodies where their rhetoric is. Then we’ll see how quickly they run their mouths next time – if there is a next time for them. They’ve got the blood of a dozen people on their lips.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  59. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    The same thing that is done to those who would cry "fire" in a crowded theatre that results in the death of the theatre-goers, Jack Which by no means excuses the attackers of UN workers, who should be prosecuted for murder, like that will ever happen. And both think they are doing what they do in the name of religion.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  60. Independent Joe

    What can you do to a guy who burns a book? Give him a citation? Correct me if I am wrong but I believe he tossed a book into a fire pit. Unless this type of fire required a burning permit the only course of legal action that can be taken against this deluded individual is a few harsh words.
    Shame on you pastor James! Your actions resulted in chaos and bloodshed. What you did was inquitious and reckless. You may not accept responsibllity for the victims, but you know it started with you.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  61. andyz Lynn, MA

    No, not a thing should be done. Throughout the mulsim world the locals desecrate our flag, imprison Christians for no reason, and execute Christians based on mock trials. Why not repay them in kind. From what I have read, their nefarious plans are fomented in the mosque. Why haven't the "good" muslims told us, given us a little G-2? As far as I am concerned, they can all be deported to the big sand box from which they came.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  62. lou

    This guy is protected under freedom of speech, same as the westburro people who bring their special brand of 'religion' to soldier's funeral in protest. However, I don't think we should be spending one cent of tax payer money to guard them with any police protection. They should accept the consequences for giving a voice to that kind of message on their own.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  63. Kathie

    This so-called pastor is guilty of hate crimes and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The great commandment clearly states "love your neighbor as yourself and love one another as I have loved you" which a concept lost on this jerk.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  64. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    No. What he did was freedom of speech, just as muslims burning the American flag is freedom of speech. Should we do anything about the predator drones bombing civilians? Or should we do something about the occupation of Afghanistan? The violence, mayhem and murder that Americans commit to control the resources there? Yes, we should do something about THAT. Our "kinetic military action" in Afghanistan is more likely what incited riots than some cult leader burning a Koran in Florida.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  65. Heather

    I do think something should be done. This amount of intolerance towards another religion goes against the rights of other Americans to practice the religion of their choice.

    It's caused riots, and has lead to deaths. I don't see why nothing is being done right now. He's tried this before, and it seems like a desperate cry for attention to me.

    We should stand up and do something. Make this man see what he's caused, and the threats that will keep coming. No one has a right to judge others. Doesn't the bible say "Judge not, lest ye be judged"?

    April 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  66. EJ in Metro Houston

    although you may disagree with his actions, and I DO disagree with them, really on what grounds can you do anything to him Jack? Just because we have people in this world willing to go as far as to kill another person because they disrepect their religion is really the main fault in this. Of course the good pastor could have kept his promise and not burn the Quran, but unless he broke a fire law I can't see where he did anything illegal. I recall President Obama making a statement concerning the so-called Ground Zero Mosque when he said that just because you have the right to do it doesn't always mean it is wise to do it. I think the same could be said about this.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  67. Bobby E. Lahmon Jackson MS

    Yes the media should stop talking about him his hatred and bigotry is bad enough by itself but it's really a shame that he has to drag the church and God into his madness

    April 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  68. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, even stupidity is covered under freedom of speech. Besides, this is a shining example of why Christianity is so much better than Islam, Judaism, Buddism... oh, wait. Nevermind.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  69. Mike in St. Paul

    He should certainly have to pay for his own security detail. (And of course give back that car he accepted for not burning the Korans the last time he got a hankering to hol' hisself a good ole' fashion book burnin'.)

    April 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  70. Conor in Chicago

    Nothing should be done. Don't even fall into the trap. All this guy is trying to do is make a name for himself precisely by having the government react in some way. That way he can scream some nonsense that will play right into Tribulation Theology and millions of delusional Christians will find a voice of protest in him

    April 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  71. Ros - Illinois

    This is another example of free speech going too far. It has gotten out of hand with him a lot of others in the last couple of years. I am sick of things like this and also calling others such names as Hitler, athiest, socialist, etc. Our great Country deserves better people than this kind.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  72. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes. Pack him up and send him over to Karzai for Afghanistan justice. Too many innocent people have died because of his prank. Let him take responsibilty himself and face Afghani consequences.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  73. Jerry Driskell

    Maybe; if the {action} will guarantee and end to the protests and killings and the extreemists won't just find another reason to kill innocent people.
    Jerry in GA

    April 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  74. Overby from Melbourne

    Sure, the 'pastor' is obviously a nut case, but so are the morons that are doing the killing over it. We've gone thru decades of the U.S. flag and the bible being burned all over the world, but we don't go out and start killing people because of it. This says more about crazy muslim fanatics than anything else. All our officials that are speaking out against that pastor's actions are merely being politically correct.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  75. Susan Frost

    As loathsome as this jerk is, I don't know of anything that can be done about his disgraceful actions that would not end up endangering the First Amendment rights of others, and that is really too big a price to pay. All we can legitimately do is (1) limit his press exposure (in other words, ignore him) and (2) try to make the rest of the world understand that we are equally offended but part of the "magic" of this great experiment called America is that we extend freedom even to those who don't deserve it as long as they don't directly harm others. It's the downside of democracy, bu part of what makes it function.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  76. Mark T

    The "free press" should absolutely hammer the idiot pastor for being, well...an idiot. Then the "free press" should condemn the radical islamist, who ACTUALLY MURDERED innocent people, for the pathetic animals that they are!

    April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  77. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Yes. I think the fool should be hog tied and shipped to Afghanistan. Then, let the Muslims deal with him as they will.

    Or, alternatively, ship him to some undisclosed location and let the families of those who were killed as a direct result of his stupid act deal with him as THEY see fit!

    I just don't get it. We live in a country where free speech is guaranteed. However, there are CONSEQUENCES of free speech.

    The Dixie Chicks are punished for one of them making a stupid comment in public, by having their careers ruined, by being ostracised, by having their music banned from nearly every station in the country. This "pastor" burns the Quran and a dozen people are killed as a result, and he has no consequences?

    What the devil is wrong with out country and where are our "values"?

    April 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  78. Mary

    We have freedom of speech, but we don't have the freedom to yell fire in a crowded theatre. He knew what feelings his actions would inflame. He may be protected by the constitution, but he should be given the names and shown the pictures of everyone who was killed because of his actions.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  79. NOwen - MN

    I say lets burn a copy of the Bible in front of him and see how reacts. I'm a christian and even though I'm not a fan of Islam, It is the right of every American to practice there religion. To me burning the Quran is in violation of that right. He is saying by puting the islamic book and prophet on trial only to detroy them is that the Islamic religion should not exist and there for must be destroyed. Some may say Freedom of speach but what about the right to believe what ever you feel is right?

    April 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  80. Kevin in CA

    No, nothing should be done about the moron unless he violated local open flame laws or some such. This incident does however, make one question why we are spending any money at all to support a bunch of tribes and clans that believes murdering people is a "just response" to a perceived insult.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  81. Mr. D

    I guess you would have to ask the question: "what would Jesus do?" Maybe it would be to arrange for an extended stay at Karzai's house for Jones. They could read the bible together.

    April 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  82. Heather

    Jack, I completely agree with you. This 'pastor' is a lunatic and a clown. He has harmed more people than he's helped(and aren't the core values of Christianity, forgiveness and prayer?). This is the problem with religion in America. It gives people an excuse to do stupid things in the name of God. Innocent people are dead as a result of Terry Jones. I wonder what Terry's version of God thinks of that. He should be stopped. Immediately.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  83. Sawyer

    Of course something should be done. But the US won't do anything because it would make them look like they are suppressing freedom of speech like Iran or China.

    but if the moment comes where congress tries to solve this by restricting parts of freedom of speech, i am packing my stuff and moving to Europe.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  84. Charles Faas

    Jack,

    It's the media's blame as well. If they don't give him the publicity he's
    seeking, who would ever know what he's doing or care.

    Charley F

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  85. j morris - 0regon

    Our good 'pastor' should be extridited to Afganistan and explain his actions to them🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  86. Diane

    No, because nothing was done when they burned the bible in that very country....so what's the big deal? They will kill Americans no matter what we say or do...i am sorry that our soldiers are in this mess but our great leader(s) put them there....it is a very poor display of the Christian faith and this kind of action makes us as bad as the other side.... God Bless America....

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  87. phil ehrnstein

    It was predictable that lives could be lost as a result of Terry Jones's actions. In this view it seems reasonable for the State of Florida or the United States to file criminal charges.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  88. Kadlen from MO

    I think it would be helpful to send pastor Jones to Afghanistan and give him an opportunity to explain the the citizens why he decided to burn their holy book.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  89. Brent In Florida

    Jack,

    This guy is a lunatic, but I say no, nothing legally should be done to this guy for the simple fact that if he were to burn say the Christian Bible nobody would even be talking about this. He is simply a creation of the media and if he is going to be charged with a crime perhaps CNN and other media outlets should be charged with the same for airing this crap!

    Let the ignorant "pastor" spread his hate, what goes around comes around.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  90. Pruitt from Tuscaloosa

    No. Nothing should be done. All he did was exercise his First Amendment rights. According to the First Amendment, you can burn the Quran, piss on the Bible and run the American Flag through the shredder. The Muslim world needs to grow up and deal with it.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  91. Will

    Shave off the fuzz he has on his upper lip then ship him off to them to let them give him their form of justice. Might just help curb more stupidity from people but then I wouldn't hold my breath on that since we seem to excel in stupidity and selfishness above everything, even humanity. He obviously doesn't even believe what is written in the bible he preaches from otherwise he wouldn't be judging other religions.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  92. Pat M.

    And they will kill others if any of you come out of your homes for 3 months, so stay in there and do as they want. The same ones in here complaining about this would be raising heck if their freedom of speech was not given. Only in todays world do we allow a so called church to protest a soldiers funeral and people accept it. Burn a book and you will get condemned. Sad.........

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  93. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    This so-called "pastor" in Florida who burned the Quran in my opinion should be arrested, be put on trial for manslaughter, and hopefully serve time in prison for what he did. He fully knew and he was clearly warned that publicly burning a Quran would probably result in deaths. This is not a matter free speech in my opinion because he knowingly did something which he knew would probably cost lives. Also, arresting Terry Jones and putting him on trial for manslaughter will hopefully serve as an example to other kooks like Jones to never do what he did.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  94. Jean in Houston

    Jack, this Jones Joker needs to be hit with every legal charge possible: if the EPA can control CO2 emissions, how does he get away with book burning? Did he meet EPA regulations? What about the people who participated, were OSHA regulations observed? What about the Fire Department? Here in Texas we're in a terrible drought and public burning of anything is a serious safety hazard. And what about that giant money-sucking Department of Homeland Security: send all of those enhanced pat-down trainees over to "secure" Jones' "crowd" against terrorists.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  95. Travis J

    Honolulu, HI
    Yes, he should be charged with inciting a riot and held accountable for the affect he caused internationally. In addition, those who would muder UN workers and staff should also be brought to justice as soon as possible.
    Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  96. rick

    FREEDOM OF SPEACH? IN THE US? REALLY? WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO B.S.? Ask the Dixie Chicks, or anybody who dares criticize Islam or support Israel about "freedom of speach"? You can't possibly be that ignorant Jack, no way, so who's paying you to say "We have freedom of speach in America'? Dick Cheney?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  97. Tony, Fountain Valley, CA

    While my initial reactions is that stupid is as stupid does, I have to wonder which religion this nut job represents? If he is not an ordained minister how does he maintain his status as a "pastor"? If he is an ordained minister the faith group he represents should defrock him. Or is his 'church' one of his own making? if the latter then he should be declassified as a church by the IRS and subject to civil penalties and possibly criminal charges for his actions. Too complex in today's politically correct world, or is it?
    On the other hand linking his stupidity to the mob actions of the unwashed a world away, makes one wonder if any excuse is a good excuse for their actions?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  98. Randy Sherwyn

    I've been in the media for over 30 years, and one thing is painfully obvious to me. If we stop "coverage" of this lunatic, won't it go away? He's just another nutjob using religion to further whatever cause he has. In this case, the sensational seeking media plays right into his mantra. Maybe, just maybe, the media covering this story should consider blood on their hands for the pool souls that lost their life in such a senseless way.
    I wonder, if I burn the bible... would it make the Kabul Evening News?

    Randy
    Ft. Myers, FL

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  99. Gary Vanderveen

    It seems to me that this moron could be charged for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. His actions have certainly made it easier for Bin Laden to acquire a new group of followers. Or perhaps Congress can bring back the Draft for a short time and he can be sent over there as a Chaplin, as such he would be in a position where he could explain his actions to those he has wronged.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  100. RG

    Jack,

    Put the pastor on a flight bound to Afghanistan. He wants to burn the Koran and put the muslim profit Mohammand on trial. What better place than Afghanistan, he should be able to find one or two experts there.

    Bet he looses his freedom of speech passion.

    -RG (Florida)

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  101. Raul Leal (New Jersey)

    Yeah, Ignore him. Putting fuel on a pire only makes it burn higher. (pardon the pun). And if a tree falls in the forest and.....yadda.....yadda....yadda.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  102. Jeremy

    Though burning that book was rude, why are we more hard on him them the people rioting? This is 2011. Book burning was a tragedy in the past, when the information was being erased by doing so. But these days, the koran is at no risk of being erased. If I burned a copy of Harry Potter, nobody would give a shit beyond a few teenage girls. If I deleted a "Holy" ebook, nobody would flinch. This still comes down to a religion intimidating and bullying to have special status.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  103. Ronald

    Terry should be heavily fined, incarcerated, or forbidden to preach. At the very least, he should apologize – genuinely. What he did is despicable; he obviously does not have the well-being of Americans in mind, or of his followers for that matter. It is a shame how much damage he has caused.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  104. Barbara

    Wouldn't it be poetic justice if we could drop him off in Afghanistan with a copy of the Quran and some matches and see what he'd do? $%^& selfish coward!

    Barbara in metro-Detroit

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  105. John

    I don't think the Pastor should be held responsible for this incident, we have Freedom of speech in this country, contrary to the rethinking it seems of this Country lately. Prosecuting this Pastor would show weakness in the eyes of an enemy. What happened to the strength that was shown when the United States was struggling to form? Why do we have to bow down to an enemy, that would take your apology and stab you in the back with it... What happened? Are we scared to stand up to what this country is supposed to mean??

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  106. Colin

    My disgust with the actions of Pastor Jones are eclipsed by my disgust with the angry mob of young Afghans who used those actions as a pretext to run rampant and murder innocent people.

    Both parties deserve our derision.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  107. Mike

    Jack,
    This guy just burned a book. Do radical Islamist really need an excuse to kill? If putting fire to a book is anyway a justification for murder or for others to think that is where the blame should be placed then some people (CNN Anchors. I mean you Wolf!) need to really think about what is right and wrong! We allow individuals to burn the US flag, which even as appalling and horrid it is to my own sensibilities, I will fight for that persons right to free speech; even when it is as idiotic as this...what should I go out and kill 20 Islamic people around my town when they burn US flag in Kabul????
    Mike, Austin, TX

    April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  108. Jacob

    Free speech is free speech even if what was said is moronic. Stupidity is less dangerous than changing the Constitution to appease fanatics... The pastor didn't kill anybody, he burned a book. Many people in the world burn an American flag every time they get upset and as much as it upsets me- free speech is free speech

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  109. Terry

    I think anyone who endangers our Military and causes Nato workers to be killed, should be brought to justice. The man is an obvious idiot and that alone is not against the law. I think the key thing is that he is a danger to our national security. If he were Islamic he would have been picked up in a minute for some reason, any reason. This guy is a crazy loose cannon and needs to be stopped. As a Christian, I am sick that someone who supposedly knows the same God as I do, can act in such a way. I am glad he only has a few followers left. I would be afraid if I were him. Someone just as crazy as he is will find him and take care of him.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  110. Jason from Virginia

    As much as I'd want to do something about him, I'm not sure what can be done. If we start limiting the first amendment on any kind speech, be it responsable or not, we run the risk of shutting it down every time someone says something we find disgusting or makes us uncomfortable. Perhaps a counter protest to his book burning would work.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  111. Roy Richards

    Jack,
    The pastor may be a fringe lunatic, but the real lesson to be learned from this is just what kind of savages we are dealing with in Afghanistan.
    Can anyone say Overreaction?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  112. Dennis

    When General David Petraus is currently fighting an illegal war in Afghanistan against the Taliban Muslims that were once called the Muhajadeen and were created by the USA because we (meaning not the USA citizens) but by the military industrial complex that Roosavelt warned us about why is Petreus supporting the very same Muslim people that is fighting a war against, this is why a crazy American preacher is being targeted for religious bias, the Koran does not belong in the USA and has nothing to do with the current modern day bible read even by crazy Christians because Jesus (if he even existed) told them that they were all hypocrites.

    "All the people that teach in the synagogues and on the streets are hypocrites".

    The current modern day bible cannot be understood.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  113. Gary

    Yes Jack we should throw away our constitution and forget about everything our forefathers have fought for, for hundreds of years. Let's just give in to the radicals and obey their laws. This guy may be stupid but many have died to give him that right and we should respect his right to burn some paper. These idiots in the middle east should believe too much in some print on some paper. They should all buy mirrors and look in them once in a while.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  114. Ann Hermen

    Pastor Foster deserves the First amendment rights accorded all USA citizens. What he doesn't deserve is recognition on national news for (your term) "lunatic fringe" behavior. Responsibility for unintended consequences of his behavior also lies in inflammatory reporting on national news.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  115. r jones

    Sadly no he is protected by the constitution .Also like to point out if he gets punished we should be allowed to burn mosques down every time an American Flag is burned....Lets see how many are left after a year. Also tell Karzai He can send all the money back anytime he wants It would be cheaper to turn Afghanistan into Nuclear Dump

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  116. john walkler

    As am American I think that this pastor has every right to burn the so-called "holy book". The whole Muslin religion is demonic and leads its stupid people to Hell and their purpose is to destroy America. Our country started as a Christian nation. The Muslims have been our enemies since Tripoli.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  117. Mike

    Voltaire said, "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." I do not agree with this protest as it not only puts our troops in more danger, but it also demonstrates the prejudicial mentality that still exists in the United States. However, this protest is protected under the First Amendment. We cannot make a law that hinders freedom of speech every time someone says something we do not like.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  118. Indra

    while we all should condemn any disrespect to any religious faith, we should ask why should Islam be treated differently from other religions?
    Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism have been criticized and disrespect shown their scriptures but their followers do not go and kill people for these acts. CNN is too apologetic to Islam and its followers. Is it being done out of political correctness or out of fear of violence from the followers of the religion of peace?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  119. Tim

    Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of any real democracy and comes with aspects we dont like. The fact that one "pastor" can enrage not only the Muslim world, but Muslim extremists that we are in active war with, puts America's commitment to freedom of speech to the test. I believe that nothing should be done against Jones . Once we start making exceptions in freedom of speech, we start down a dangerously slippery slope. But rather what every decent American should do is make it clear to the rest of the world that this does not define America.

    Unfortunately Jack, America's freedom is for the stupid as well

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  120. Amitoj

    Jack you said Karzai is no friend of the US. But is this Terry Jones guy a friend of the US? If there's nothing the law of the United States can do to this so-called "pastor" that's unfortunate, but obviously we would have to follow the law of the land. It should just be considered complete stupidity for not listening to America's own General Patraeus. The media and all Americans should completely condemn this crazy Pastor's actions.
    New Jersey

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  121. Larry

    Truly I do not know if there is anything that could be done to punish him and his church. Maybe they should continue to look into to business he runs from the church. From what I understand from reading the local newspaper on the subject it seems to be clear that he should not have tax exempt status. After all Al Capone was jailed on tax evasion. All I want to see is him out of Gainesville a very tolerant community.

    Proud to live in Gainesville Fl

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  122. Egmont vanDyck

    Do we not already have a law against yelling fire in a theater when there is none, so why not file involuntary manslaughter charges against him, because of his actions other families have lost an important member of their family. I just hope that those who suffered a loss due to his actions will file a civil action against the pastor.

    Egmont in California

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  123. Charles Law

    Limit free speech?!? You got to be insane to think that would be the soulution. First I am a father of two ARMY officers, my oldest is currently deployed. He could face the retaliation from this idiots actions, however my son's joined the ARMY for numerous reasons. One of those reasons was to defend this mans right to voice his opinion. It can be the Holy Koran or the American flag thats the cost of the Freedoms we enjoy in the USA. When do we let the actions of equally idiodic people dictate our freedoms. There are two wrongs here never forget this fact. So what to do about the pastor IGNORE HIM STOP SHOWING THE FOOTAGE.
    Ft. Laud., Fl.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  124. Jim Doyen,Indianapolis ,Ind.

    The PASTOR should be put on the new Quater He has the guts to act weather others fear to speak.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  125. Betty in Nova Scotia

    I think there are laws against reckless endangerment. This pastor knew the danger he was creating for western troops in largely Muslim countries. He did not care. He recklessly endangered the lives of the men and women serving in Afghanistan. And what's worse, he did it for his own self-agrandisement. It is a measure of his "Christian attitude" that he could disregard the value of human life, the lives of his own countrymen, quite likely other Christians, all so he could be in the media spot light. Granted, as Christians we are not supposed to "hide our light under a barrel", but we are definitely not – not – not free to endanger others. If he truly feels this is the right action, he should go to Afghanistan and burn the Koran on the main streets over there. Then the life he endangers will be his own.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  126. Bruce

    I think that we should send him to Afghanistan to participate in Friday prayers. We should also send Fred Phelps with him to carry his bags.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  127. Steven T

    Yes something should be done. He is putting my Brother who is a Marine and currently serving in Afghanistan in even more danger. I think his church should be shut down and he should be shipped to Afghanistan and face the music. Lets see how much of a man he is!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  128. kuna

    Muslims burn the holy bible all the time,yet Christian dont go out and start killing Muslims while is it the other way around when a "pastor" burned the Koran......

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  129. Wayne from New Brunswick Canada

    Let's cut the crap and discuss why Christians and Muslims are like putting a cat and a dog in a bag. Simple; the Islamic faith (which came along 600yrs after Christ) is based on denial of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Messiah, which is a huge affront to Christians. Not too hard to figure out. Add to that the religious intolerance of extremists on both sides and the fact that Muslims in third world countries are being dragged out of the Middle Ages into modern life. The problem is freedom of speech, religious rights, and defining what is hate speech that should be outlawed.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  130. Robert Carter

    The USA is noted to be "Free". If someone wants to burn the Quaran in the USA and it is legal to do so, let it be. The world simply does not understand this freedom. Robert Carter, Waterloo Ontario Canada

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  131. John Paulson

    Question :What should we do....? Give this guy a Thousand more for each American killed due to the pure eveil this book promotes. Soak every one in pig blood and burn it. You don't even realize the war that is taking place. We should be trying to prevent it from even being printed .

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  132. R. Jackson

    Jack

    US interest are always paramount. The fact that this tyrant took a holy book and burned it, causing world-wide discontent cannot be ignored. The lifes of our service members are at stake, our service members are US interest. This man need justice, and he needs it NOW!

    R. Jackson
    Silver Spring, MD

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  133. Jack Blanchette

    As much as I disagree with Jones, his burning of the Quran was not illegal. The only way that the US Government can take action against him is if they make burning the Quran illegal, retroactively. Then, the same law or rules had better apply to the Bible. For our political leaders to be saying that they’ll try and take action is simply wrong and is kowtowing to radical Muslims everywhere. Mr. Karzai’s demand for action to be taken against Jones should be laughed off, unless they make the same rules about the Bible. Mr. Jones knew he’d cause trouble and he and his supporters should be ashamed, but stupidity is not illegal yet in this country. Where are the moderate Muslims, why don’t they speak up, why don’t they stand behind us acknowledging Jones careless, non-Christian action, but speaking out against radical Muslims. Unless they make a greater effort to separate themselves from the radical people in their faith, they will be considered part of them. Moderate Muslims need to be part of the community, need to teach by action and example that they are good and patriotic people and not the of the same belief as the barbarian Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places. Is it fair that they should need to do this? No it is not, and they should be angry at their fellow radical Muslims, for it is their fault that Muslims in general are distrusted. But unless they speak out to the contrary they will continue to be suspect

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  134. Robert from Texas

    I didn't like it when the pastor started this whole mess. But it was the media that gave him access to the world. Yes, what he did was immoral but I think those that kill and destroy for the same book he was burning is worse. Bottom line is we got duked my the same guy we are trying to protect and his people. Its time to take are toys and are warriors and go home. When the President of Afghanistan cries wolf, it will be to late.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  135. rick, cape cod

    "Pastor" Jones should be taken out back to the woodshed and taught the meaning of respect and restraint. Freedom of speech means nothing if it's used to hide behind only to anger , hurt and incite other people, no matter how right or wrong you believe them to be.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  136. Ron

    Although this pastor is a nut for doing what he did the people in afganistan in my opinion are even nuttier. We are over there trying to help these people and there now anti-american because of some pastor in a small town in florida. The only time there not killing each other over in the middle east is when there trying to kill someone else. When are we going to get out of there and let whatever happens happen. Should this pastor be prosecuted, if so theres no longer freedom of speech here.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  137. C-man

    The "followers of the prophet" burn our images, our flags, and our bibles. They destroy milenia old hand carved Budhist stone temples. They kill non-Muslims at will in their own sort of purification across Africa. They then want to claim the right to protest everything we Westerners do.

    Just go to Saudi Arabia. Just transport non-Muslim objects into their country and you can be jailed or killed.

    While I don't condone that pastor's actions, I have a hard time condemning him given he is just a mirror of what the World of Islam does to us daily. Instead of giving this credibility by airing it, why not air all the atrocities the followers of the phophet do to us.

    Let us also not forget they desicrated out Twin Towers, and instead of protesting, naturalized Muslim citizens of the USA and Muslims World wide were filmed passing out candy and celebrating while also trying to shift the blame to others.

    We Westerners need to stop walking on egg shells and we need to say enough is enough.

    My $0.02

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  138. DC

    Freedom of speech is the single most important guarantor of our other freedoms. It is essential to be able to question the actions of our government and of our citizens and those of other nations, and to be able to express our beliefs, religious or otherwise - even when those beliefs are outrageous, ridiculous, or inflammatory.

    It is also telling that the people who are the most upset and the quickest to threaten violence are those who live in nations that are most likely to suppress speech and violate the human rights of their own people.

    DC in IL

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  139. Christian

    The best we can do is discourage this behavior. We are Americans and are entitled rights. People in the middle east need to understand that one person's actions do not reflect all Americans' views. Also, on another note, mass murdering is not a great comeback to burning their book. They should just burn one of our bibles, who cares? I'm a christian and I don't mind.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  140. Duane San Antonio TX

    I think we should just send him to Afghanistan so his life will be in danger. he is obviously very stupid to think his actions don't hurt anyone else hes put so many troops in danger and coalition forces have already been killed by his stupidity. either we put him away for some kind of charge like maybe an accessory to murder since his actions caused it. and speaking as a veteran of the Iraq war i find it sick to see that he gets away with this. granted we have freedom of speech but there should be a limit especially when citizens are put in harms way because of comments or actions.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  141. Rev. Larry Fryer

    Yes. But what. He has his constitutional rights. We have oppressed more people than they have. We take, kill and give to countries that only stab us in the back as you said Jack a moment ago. And we take programs from the poor in our own country 'Do we not rob from the poor and given to the rich?'. Yes they will burn the Holy Bible and what can we say. I think Christoper Reeves said it best. 'America is stronger when American takes care of America'.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  142. Craig Henderson

    I am sure if we passed a collection plate we could send the pastor to a Muslim country and see what happens if he burns a bible there vs burning a Quran in the USA.

    Just because you can do something does not mean you should, a little respect would go a long ways

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  143. ian

    NO ! Freedom of speech is sacred to Western culture, every bit as sacred as the Koran is to muslims. The people saying our freedoms should be curtailed because followers or Islam may be offended by it should hang their heads in shame.

    Ian

    Kitchener,
    Ontario

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  144. Alex

    For every life lost already this pastor Should get a life sentence. If we talk about the hate crime that got Gifford shot, this so called pastor of the devil is on the same path and hopefully some gun loving person should witness his burning and put him out before he continues to cause more harm

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  145. Mary Wolfe

    For once, I wish the "Government" would be as intrusive as I keep hearing the Tea Partiers yelping about. How about if we send in the INS to check his birth certificate ... the IRS to audit his tax returns for the past eleventy-seven years ... the ATF to see if he has "shot off" his mouth illegally ... and then check every other license, permit, loan, etc. that he has for discrepancies. That might keep him too busy to get into any more mischief for awhile.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  146. Curtis Doss

    If any kind of charges filed against the pastor would constitute an attack on his First Admendment rights. People would rather let pornographers sale porno in all kinds of media than let a person burn a copy of the Koran? If this is going to cause a uprising then there should really be a uprising over the burning of our flag. If the flag is not protected and can be burnt then a copy of another religions bible shouldnt be either. I find the complaints of the left to be very silly, and very politically correct. This man has the right to do what ever he wants to do with a book until Congress allows the UN to start enforcing International or Sharia law in this country. The day that happens is the day America as we know is lost.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  147. Rob in Ohio

    I feel he may be a little overboard on the way he tries to get his message across, but how much crazier is it for muslims to kill and maim over this issue. They say that the Koran speaks of peace, I guess I just dont see it. And how dare the Prez of Afghanistan call on our leaders to seek justice against this so called pastor. We still have Freedom of speech, at least for now!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  148. Mike in New London

    Should anything happen to him? Sure. Protest where he lives and preaches. Condemn him on the air waves and on the internet. Stage sit ins. Should anything legally happen to him? No. We can't let those who choose to use cases like this as an excuse to cause mayhem to dictate what constitutes free speech.

    To put it another way: If someone burned a Bible and there were riots and deaths in middle America because of it, would anyone be blaming the person who burned the Bible?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  149. roberta (N.B., Canada)

    In this instance I feel the media is at fault, this pastor should never have been given air time in the first place. At the time I was a bit surprised that no one in the U.S. could figure out that this could pose a threat to Americans working or living in muslam countries. This lunatic as you like to call him Jack even got a phone call from the President of the United States,imagine how important he must have felt.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  150. Craig T (Houghton Lake, Mich)

    First of all, this man is not a Pastor. No man of God would resort to this type of action. Second, if his actions result in the deaths of people, isn't he an accessory to murder?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  151. Weldon from Newmarket ON

    I believe that this pastor should be charged as "an accomplice to murder" for the burning of the Quran. When the government starts getting tough with this type of behavior, then maybe people will start having second thoughts as to how they behave.

    I am sure that if the pastor knew that he was endangering his own kin that he would never attempt such an act. Just because victims have "no face" in his eyes doesn't make it right..

    A minimum of 20 years would be an appropriate penalty for his behavior. When the world starts getting serious for this type of crime, maybe peace can come in our lifetime. (Or at least a semblance of peace)

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  152. Kathia

    Advise him to go burn the Quran in Afghanistan instead.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  153. Brooks Titcomb

    Sure, Jack, we protect freedom of speech....but dosen't this qualify for a hate crime in our legal system??? Or is it just wishful thinking on my part................................

    Thanks for listening and vise versa
    Brooks Titcomb

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  154. Mimi

    Well all of you people agreeing with punishing this man for inciting polical action would have to round up the mushroom tea party, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and half the repubilcan party and start handing out punishment. American should not be held to fear of a uncivilized nation that threatens our very way of life. We should not cringe to there unreasonable action because of buring a stupid book. Every american should be shouting from the mountains that these people looking for reason to kill are just opportunist and should be held accountable for CRIMINAL actions which is murder.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  155. Dan White

    No the pastor should not be gagged. He is criticising our enemies and has burned a book that espouses world domination.

    Wake up and openly recognise our enemies.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  156. George F, Southgate, Michigan

    Jack, The media shouldn't report anything about the Rev. Terry Jones he has already used up his 15 minutes of fame. But Afghan President Harmid Karzai should grow some and capture and procecute the terrorists that killed the United Nation workers because if he doesn't he won't be enjoying the afterlife with 40 virgins but will be burning in the flames of hel for all eternityl!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  157. noreen

    I agree we should all get out of Afganistan but i remember hearing families bringing civil suits of wrongfull death to people found not guilty. That so called pastor is a sick man and will be judged by God in the end and will get what he deserves and the same for that so called church that goes to the funerals . How can they call themselves God fearing ppl. Obviously they don't know the meaning .
    Canada

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  158. Glenn Carlton

    yes they should. Charge him with proximate cause of an injury

    it determines whether a person's conduct is so significant as to make him liable for a resulting injury

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  159. Celine

    Yes, I believe he should be arrested because he knew this would reverberate throughout Afghanistan. In fact, he was warned the first time he tried it that Americans could be killed over burning the Qu'ran. However, that's nothing compared to what fanatical Afghans did in killing UN workers and American military members since this occurred. Hamid Karzai needs to find these people and punish them for murder. Since he knew this would happen and would be a lightning rod for fanatics, he should never have mentioned it to the general public, but he did. The real criminals are the Muslim religious fanatics, which do not seem to suffer any consequences for their actions. We need to get out of Afghanistan: our original mission was to capture/kill bin Laden. Since that didn't happen we should have left. Now we've had mission creep from two presidents who really should know that this is not a country that is governable by any democratic means.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  160. Niki - Largo, Fl

    As a devout Christian who cannot emphasize enough how important love and kindness are, I am not surprised how anyone on the fence would run screaming from Christianity thinking this is the norm. I am not the judge of Jones, but I do know there are always consequences of actions. I honestly pray the world will not hold his example as the standard for most Christians. It's a real shame when people use God for their own agenda.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  161. stillonline

    I am more concerned with our willingness to sacrfice free speech to apease lunitics. When we are all silent about their atrocities – what will they demand next? That American Women wear the Burka so as not to inflame the sensibilities of Arab men? Where exactly does this stop?

    If we want to battle drug lords with machine guns – let's invade Mexico! It's closer so we'll save ongas money.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  162. Citizen

    I expected to see more people commenting about the freedom of speech. If people are offended by this idiot and his antics, that's just too bad; I can't believe so many Americans are even hinting at the thought of prosecuting this nutbag, and actually siding with the "offended," as if we should have known they would immediately start killing people. Straight to violence. Excuse me, but I will not be told as an American what I can and cannot say or do because some psychopath is going to blow up a car in Afghanistan. Where are our priorities?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  163. h. marsh

    lets see. Muslims react violently to all other religious groups. But we have to be sensitive to their beliefs. Never. We have freedom of the speech and even tho I believe Terry Jones was stupid to burn the Quran he has that right. The media depicts the Muslim religion as peaceful. Please look at the facts.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  164. Tom

    Assuming for argument purposes that anything CAN be done, which I don't believe anything can be done about it, I don't think anything should be done against the pastor.

    The U.S. is in Afghanistan "setting up a democracy" and it may just be time for the Afghans to be welcomed into a democracy the hard way... by realizing that some people do stupid things but that doesn't mean anything illegal occurred. There isn't any sane person in the U.S. that doesn't roll their eyes and want to turn the channel when they see this pastor talk about burning Qurans or when actually does it. But we also know that the only way we know that we can say what we want is to allow ignorant individuals to say whatever they want too.

    If Hamad Karzai is serious about having his country remain a democratic republic, then instead of pointing the finger at the moron on this side of the world, he needs to go find the actual criminals who committed murder on his side of the world and bring them to justice.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  165. Edward P. Epstein, LtC,USAR Ret

    It is sad that this individual actually has a congregation to influence with his misinformed and misguided venom. Whatever he did, however distasteful, is no excuse for killing in response.
    As for Putting our troops in danger, but they are equipped to defend themselves which is more than I can say for civilians that the rioters are targeting, the girls schools that they are using this as an excuse to destroy. These folks are fanatics. All societies have them. Any excuse to riot and kill the neighbors they don't like, and further their own agenda is welcomed

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  166. Vicky Harden

    Yes. You should quit talking about him. If you and the rest of the press would stop giving him the attention he wants no one would even have known what he did, or that he even exisisted, and no one would have been killed in retaliation. Let the little crazy man sit in his church and talk to the wall and ignore him. Don't spread the poison for him.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  167. audrey papke

    Don't blame the pastor. Place blame where it belongs.

    A group of people in Afghanistan committed murder.

    The act was not incited, other than by the leader of Afghanistan.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Rob

    No! This country is based on freedom of speech. I live in Florida and did not hear about the burning of his privately owned book...not illegal.
    The MEDIA and President of Afganistant "told" and enraged the "vilolent" persons.....who killed... clearly illegal. Those persons are responsible.
    Poor choice, poor taste is not immoral. Violation of an individuals' right to life is immoral. How does the Quoran sopport that!
    The Afganistan president is not our friend......

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  169. Joshua

    No Jack. He is protected under the 1st amendment. Being insulted does not give Muslims, Christians, Catholics or anyone else an excuse to riot and slaughter people. Those people in Afghanistan who killed the UN personnel are responsible for their own actions – they are murderers; plain and simple.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  170. Cheri Rotruck

    Jack,
    Absolutely No! Nothing should be done to this pastor. I don't agree
    with his actions but there is always a price Americans pay for our
    freedom of speech. If we limit our ability to express our feelings then
    we would be taking 10,000 steps backwards, wiping out and
    erasing all of those courageous Americans who spoke their voice
    admist controversy... Leave it to the Republicans to want to
    evoke consequences when they are destroying this country through
    their hypocracy and lack of patriotism. We have every right to
    express ourselves and to Hell with those who disagree...
    Freedom of Speech is who we are, what we were and defines
    each and every American today and tomorrow.......Amen

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  171. Michael Roepke

    We will keep hearing about the 1st Amendment, but what about shouting fire in a Theater?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  172. Dale

    No he should have not burned the Quran at this time. Not when the troops are there just going to create a bigger war ! As for Afghanistan all of our countries USA , Canada and such should just leave all these foreign places and let them fight it out like it should be. Why do we help ? For what ? Now for Libya why be there ? Were helping the so called helpless people that are playing us for they are most likely more terrorist then Gadaffi running the country ! How can we trust anyone there of what they say?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  173. Terry Price

    I think this "pastor" in Florida should be held responsible for the twenty deaths that took place over the weekend in Afganistan. I think he should be put on trial for, at the very least, involuntary manslaughter!.People like him is why people around the world have such hatered for Americans.If putting him on trail for these crimes is impossible the first thing that should happen is his clergy license be revoked and he not be allowed to spread his hatered and lies any longer. If 9-11 was committed by Baptists would all Baptists be terrorists?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  174. Don Hogan

    Quit giving news coverage to every crack pot that comes along. And do not only blame the crack pot pastor. A portion of the blame should go to the news services that spread his message around the world.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  175. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Jack, I ask you this: name a world leader who has not been an anger-rousing psychopath?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  176. Alex in Richmond, Va.

    This clown pastor should be turned over to Alkida as a gesture of "good will" on the part of the US. He understands the concept of a "sacrificial lamb" and he would probably be "open minded" about his sacrifice!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  177. Jacques Days

    No. While the comments and actions of the pastor are misguided, they are not like yelling fire in a crowded theater. Fire has no mind but the people in Afghanistan who chose to kill 20 people had a mind to use the pastor as an excuse. The Afghani president is doing the same thing; excusing criminals by attempting the point the finger at a nation rather than recognizing the foolishness of a single individual for what it is. I pray our political leaders recognize the error in allowing the leader of another nation affect the freedoms of American citizens.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  178. Pete M.

    I would think that "National Security" takes precedent over the "First Amendment" in this case.

    I would find a reason to arrest this guy or give him an all expense paid "Mandatory" vacation to Afganistan and introduce him to some of the people their.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  179. Eric Drake

    Why should we care about the religious sensitivities of anybody ? Muslims should not get any more slack than Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Scientologists or whatever group you want to name that decides that it has an opinion about what they think is true but no evidence to support that opinion. Is anybody concerned about the sensitivities of people who believe in aliens visiting the planet?
    To me there is no difference. People believe all kinds of crazy things.
    Just because a delusion is a mass delusion doesn't make it any more valid.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  180. Alison Martin

    Jack, Since you (CNN collectively)know this guy is an attention-seeking crackpot, would it not have been better not to have covered this book-burning? You had to have known that covering and airing this "event" was likely to be shall we say, inflammatory. Yes, it's news, but not signifcant news and no good could have come of it as we have seen, what with the carnage that ensued. I had hoped that a free press was also a responsible one, and in this I am sadly disappointed in this era of sensationalism in the media. Why give an iota of airtime to such an evil man?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  181. Susan

    Rights come with responsibilities. Jones was warned in the autumn by experts that this could potentially cost lives, and completelly undermine allied efforts to win the trust of the Afghanis. The British regarded him as inflammatory enough, that for the sake of public safety, he was denied entry to the UK.

    Jones knew full well that burning the Qu'ran could have devastating ramifications, and decided his right of free speech trumped the lives of other humans.

    I'd be Jonesing to charge him with hate speech, treason, reckless endangerment...anything. If this turgid litte man refuses to govern his tongue, do it for him.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  182. thom richer

    What this obvious pseudo pastor and Christian nut case has done and said, is an affront not only to Islamic people, but to Americans as well. Freedom of speech is meant as a right only if it does not directly cause harm to another. This whacko's burning of the Quran directly caused others to die or be harmed. Thus, he has violated human and religious rights of those killed and violated the Constitution of the U.S. His actions call for legal consequences. It is not about the burning of the book, Quran. It is about the consequences of doing so and the hate it holds for others.. The Quran and the Bible are "books" and nothing else. They are inanimate man made objects. It is what they offer people to believe that is sacred. These cannot be desecrated by the burning of a book. Hate is a crime and if it is not, it should be. What Jones did was a hate crime.

    The first of which should be the burning of his ridiculously ugly mustache that only adds to fanatical demeanor. Then he should be sent to Afghanistan to preach his next sermon.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  183. Rhema

    Pastor Terry Jones has the blood of 20+ UN workers on his hand. He is quick to burn the quran as his right, but would be the first to dispute the right for Muslims to build a mosque near ground zero. Which way is is Pastor Jones? This selective so-called "rights" agenda is what is keeping us from working together. As a Christian, I am embarrassed. His actions are even worse than any radical Islamic terrorist. This is far from "Christ like". Just because it is his right, doesn't mean that it should be done. It is time to shut him down and stop giving so much press to a fool.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  184. Brent Scott

    Reverand Terry Jones is no different than the radical Islamic fundamemntalists he speaks so hatefully about. He is not part of the solution but the problem behind a continuous ignorant dislike towards the Muslim community, which is misunderstood. Therefore, I suggest we take away his pull pit so he cannot spew his rhetoric by locking him up in a padded cell. Maybe then he will come to find the true meaning of love and compassion. If he doesn't then the world has one less stupid person to worry about.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  185. Sang Kwon

    I definitely don't agree with the idiot burning the Quran. However, we are not going to go back in civilization and hang/stone the to death like we are in Afgahnistan(we ARE in Afgahnistan!!lol). But for someone to directly put additional threat to our already threaten men/women in uniform should be punished in some manner.
    Thank you to MOST news outlets for not reporting the burning, I didn't even hear about it till good old Karzai decided to score some political points on the expense of innocent lives of people who were there to help his country. Just oo uch to yep about this totally fubar situation.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  186. tony

    Being stationed overseas for the past four years I know that the Muslims overseas would never even know about what this "pastor" is doing if it was not for the AMERICAN MEDIA that give. The Media wants the world to know about what this idiot pastor is doing...And I think they are more to blame for those deaths that his "free speach".

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  187. Barbara

    What the pastor did was inappropriate, but we have freedom of speech in this country. I doubt that people in civilized nations would start killing innocent people if Muslims burned a Bible. By the way, Jack, what do Muslims do with a Bible if someone entering a Muslim country is found in possession of a Bible?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  188. MA in AZ

    Hand him over to the Afghans so they may put him on "trial". Maybe this will stop the slaughter of the innocent.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  189. Michael Marion

    It is sad and deplorable that a "pastor" and "follower of Christ" would foment hatred against any religion or group of people. I am a pastor and I live in Kansas (where we have our own lunatic churches as you all know), however, I believe the media must own its own complicity in the human tragedy in Afghanistan. No one would be aware of the bizarre behavior of a tiny church in Florida without the help of cable news.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  190. Michele from Edmonds WA

    I feel that what he did is a hate crime! To me it is no different than burning a cross in someone's yard.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  191. Engin

    This so called pastor of a clown should be prosecuted according to hate laws. If a swastika painting on a temple equires an investigation so does Quran burning. There ought to be Federal laws prohibiting such behaviour.

    Engin,
    Florida

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  192. Sharon Davis

    How about this...The news media stops covering these type of attention seekers and then no one would know about them. Hopefully the general public could refrain from utube videos and refrain from twittering and facebooking and try to protect the world community from needless crazies who crave attention..oh, but I forgot about American politics today...Oh well...freedom of speech must be adhered to by all, I guess...

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  193. Barbara T. - Las Vegas, NV

    The only way Pastor Terry Jones can be in the spotlight is if the media allows him to be. The way to stop people like him is to have everybody, particularly the media, ignore him! If what he is doing is not publicized, he will stop pretty quickly.

    Setting limits on freedom of speech is a very dangerous thing. Who decides those limits – Congress? Yeah, right, like we trust any of them. How long will it take them to say we can't criticize them because it is not in the best interests of the country?

    Unfortunately, nothing can be done to Pastor Jones without taking away freedom of speech from all Americans. However, a more responsible media could certainly help by not giving this idiot the publicity he seeks.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  194. Lisa H

    In the U.S, it is legal to burn the very symbol of our country, the US flag. Burning a book, any book, as symbolic speech does not compare to what that flag represents. So, no, nothing should be done about the "pastor" by a legal committee. I don't think it very "pastor" like behavior in a country with freedom of religion, but even pastors have the right to free speech.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  195. Caroline from Kalamazoo, MI

    Dear Jack –

    How's this for a plan? Let's round up all the religious fanatics of any pursuasion – So-called Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc. and put them on their own island (maybe Australia) with no planes and no boats. They'll either learn to get along or not so much. In any event, we'll be rid of these intolerant buffoons and the rest of us will be just fine. Do you think the Aussies will mind relocating.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  196. Chris Jarmas

    Though his display did lead to enhanced violence against American troops, "pastor" Jones broke no laws and acted entirely within his rights as an American citizen. Jones' fellow Americans, not legislators, should impugn his disregard for the safety of our soldiers. After all, don't these men fight for the very freedom some have suggested be taken away? A sedition act, while it might prevent Jones or other radicals from acting again, would be the greatest offense against American freedoms since Woodrow Wilson passed a similar act in 1918. Overall, the government can not realistically thwart radical American expression. For such acts to end, men like Terry Jones must decide on their own that a minute of fire, flame, and freedom isn't worth increased violence against American servicemen.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  197. L White

    I don't think what he done is right BUT when you can burn our FLAG for no reason wth !!!!! Here we are helping everybody in the world and 1 man does this stupid thing does not make the overall U.S.population evil ! At least we do have freedom of speech !!! Just let them fight there own WAR and see how far that gets them !!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  198. Paul in Pasadena

    Yes but not by Congress. Freedom of speech must not be abridged for any reason. The actions of this so-called pastor are putting American and NATO lives at risk and this is more than enough grounds to charge him with national security violations. There are no first amendment protections for putting our soldiers and diplomats at risk and a private citizen does not have a portfolio from the State Department for doing so. We can say anything we want but that doesn't include taking actions that undermine American security interests overseas. I don't have the right to scuttle my country abroad and neither does he. If he won't stop there are legitimate and constitutional laws to make him stop. We elect the people who represent us abroad. Who voted for him?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  199. Rob

    Why is it OK for others to burn the American Flag while protsting the burning of a book?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  200. david mercer pa

    the pastor is just showing how crazy these people are.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  201. Alex in Richmond, Va.

    This pastor should be turned over to Alkida as a gesture of "good will" on the part of the US. He understands the concept of a "sacrificial lamb" and he would probably be "open minded" about his sacrifice!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  202. Lou

    What would we do if someone from another country burns a bible? I'm sure there wouldn't be riots and murder.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  203. Chris Fro Alabama

    No!!! Thats why it's freedom of speech! But i do think you need to fire all those who report this story as news. Free publicity in the millions by putting him on tv. He couldn't buy that. This man is no man of GOD. The poor sheeple can be led anywhere without knowledge. thanx chris

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  204. Bill P

    Wisconsin. Yes. Send him to a muslim country to preach against the evils of allah. He will only need a one way ticket. When he is responsible for firing up muslims against our soldiers, he can put the prophet mohammed on trial in afghanistan. He is like a child who does stupid things to get attention. Send him over there and he will get all the attention he is looking for!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  205. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    Nothing should be done. Although I disagree with Rev. Terry Jones' rhetoric, he has done nothing illegal by utilizing his freedom of speech.

    To condemn the clearly "American" right of Freedom of Speech is not American. Even though Harry Reid and General Petraeus may not like it, they need to recognize that these activities are not illegal and that certain American Rights have ramifications. The more they bring the issue up, the more facetime the Rev and others will have to push the envelope.

    I do not believe in "Burning the American Flag" either, but I am proud of our American rights for expression ... whether vulgar or for good purposes.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  206. Gerald

    Jack,

    The families and friends of US Military Personnel stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq should file a law suit against Reverend Jones. If his actions aren't reckless endangerment against our military, I don't know what is. Face it, Jones' freedom of speech is a right we all share. Jones' responsibility for what he says remains with him and his followers, they are all liable.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  207. Chris

    Absolutely not. Although I do not agree with his actions, they are protected under our first amendment. It amazes me that members of Congress are "considering action against Jones" while not considering action against the Afghan protestors. Would the burning of a bible in Afghanistan give some Americans the right to murder?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  208. Jo B. from Nashville

    Seriously, the burning of a Quran warrants murdering innocent people?

    Just another crazy justification for radical Muslim atrocities!

    Reverend Jones is an idiot, but, he didn't kill anyone!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  209. John - Maine

    Jack,
    You make the statement of Jones 'grabbing the spotlight'
    Where does this spotlight originate ?? Justice, Media, Internet/
    Take away the attention and see if he doesn't go away.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  210. Christina Swanson

    Since when does this country apologise to a bunch of psychotic, medieval religious extremists?
    You are so busy kowtowing to the muslims but want to withdraw freedom of speech from a similarly disturbed preacher in Florida?
    Don't you know your enemy yet?

    Get the UN and military out of Afghanistan and leave them to rot.
    Jolly book burnings should become all the rage!

    'An Englishwoman abroad.'

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  211. al s

    As far as Pastor jones goes, if no one covers him, no one will know what he's done. As far as Karzai goes, maybe an errant missile can land in his palace while he is there. Then we can apologize to the Afghan people we are sorry for killing their corrupt leader.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  212. marlin thompson

    the pastor has done nothing wrong-media is broadcasting his belief-you have a bunch of ignorant extremist making the news-so what he burned his on book of papers-people cannot act like this is god-it is not-'"peace- love -understanding" is the only GOD WAY-anyone who responds in violence-they are devils-not believers-think about it-these people commiting all this violence don't even believe women are equal–EVIL THINKING-YOU GET EVIL BURNING-PASTOR IS JUST SICK OF THE HYPOCRICY-MEDIA-DON'T AIR ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT PASTORFREEDOM OF EXPRESSION-and guess what we won't even know about it-

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  213. John Osley

    Instead of protesting an American exercising his first amentment right why have you not questioned are commented on the murderers committed by the religous racest who have use our freedom of speech to exercise their radical agentas. If a Christian murdered 12 people because a comic jokingly disrespected Christ Jesus on TV you would find the comic with in his rights and crusify the murderer, as you should. So why the two standards here!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  214. Gary Blackman

    The true culprit in all sides of this is RELIGION. When will mankind accept the fact that it is one of the most destructive influences on modern civilization? It is well past the time it should be thrown on the scrap heap of history!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  215. T from L.A.

    What should be done? Nothing immediate. Perhaps historians can start to prepare notes for their tomes about the "War in Afghanistan."

    Some assistance: It has been said that the War in Vietnam was "lost at home." Perhaps it was the Antiwar Movement, politics, or just fatigue that ended Vietnam. Perhaps it was a single activist that galvanized the end.

    Well, here we are again, History does, after all, repeat. It seems a single activist has, again, lost the war at home. Any hopes for capture of hearts and minds in Afghanistan have been dashed in minutes. The Taliban need only relax and wait for America to continue to lose its war at home in order to achieve the inevitable victory for the Taliban.

    Shakespeare reminded us that "All the world's a stage" and that all the world is a theater in which one can not just shout fire, but turn a book into fire and cause a stampede eight thousand miles away.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  216. Joe

    The issue is not Terry Jones. He is just a self centered redneck. The real issue is the Afghan people themselves. Their violent reaction proves they are no better than Mr. Jones. If these people cannot comprehend the concept of free speech, how can they be ready for Democracy. It is time to pull out of Afghanistan.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  217. Paul from Montana

    By all means, let create laws that stifle our constitutional right just because other do not have these rights. He may be an idiot but he has the right (for now) in our great country to burn any book he would like to.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  218. Pete

    An American burns a book. A bunch of Mosleums kill people. Who are the "publicity seeking lunatic fringe"?
    "Congress may have to think about limits for freedom of speech when words and actions enrage U.S. enemies and endanger the lives of U.S. citizens overseas" So, the Constitution doesn't apply to US citizens living in the US, but does apply to those who want to destroy us.
    If CNN had been around in 1944, we'd still be trying to find a "harmless" way to free Europe.
    We don't have to worry about outsiders destroying our country, the media is doing a good job of that already.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  219. airial

    They want our government to inflict their laws on our citizens? What's wrong with this picture. Sounds to me like somebody is trying to get a foot in the door!!

    Burn a book, kill people because of it–again–What's wrong with this picture??

    Nothing should be done. You cannot control stupidity as much as we'd like to, can't be done, there just too much of it. Besides he did this in the privacy of his so called church–how did the media get a hold of it?? Cottage Grove, OR

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  220. cornelius schrewhardt

    yes, why it is like burning of a nations flag.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  221. ellen haoney

    i think our dear pastor should be put on trial for involuntary manslaghter for the lives of people lost trying to ensure peace in a horrific area of our universe.

    does this person have a conscience, given what happened after his actions? too late now!!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  222. Greg Dolores, CO

    Jack,

    Pastor Jones is responsible for his actions as are we all. While the Constitution rightly protects his freedom of speech, civil law addresses his responsibility for his comments and actions. Is his church a designated 501c3 Non-Profit? This is a designation which prohibits political activity. He is also subject to civil litigation by the victims of his knowingly negligent actions. Unfortunately, the real instigator of the violence is our good buddy, Hamid Karzai!

    Greg M.
    Dolores, CO

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  223. mc

    Jack, I agree that Terry Jones is an idiot.

    However, this is still America, isn't it, where even stupid shmucks (like Jones) have the right of free speech?

    If Hamid Karzai can have this man's freedom of speech denied, how long will it be before the rest of us will be forbidden from talking about "dangerous" subjects?

    1984 is coming, just a little bit later than George Orwell predicted.

    And yes, what exactly are we doing in Afghanistan? If the locals don't want our help, isn't it time to pull out?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  224. BOB OHIO

    Give him more airtime, and give more airtime to the Muslim extremeists too. Then maybe thinking people will see how absurd organized religion is and embrace atheism.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  225. Yvone Roche

    Our country has become obsessed with our so-called "freedoms of......." We are behaving like our verry spoiled children in demanding our "freedom". We must remember that with freedom comes responsibilty; behaving in a civilized manner, and obeying the law of the land are just a couple of those responsibilities. You cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater or public place, nor should we be allowed to cause harm to others by our bad 'mouths' or behavior. A firing squad is to good for the likes of Pastor Jones and his ilk.s

    April 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  226. Tom Dilts

    Although, while in poor taste to burn the Koran, are we not in the Middle East, trying to help form democratic governments, where people would like to enjoy the right of freedom of expression? Even though I do not agree with this pastors' act, I will fight for his right to do so. Looks like those in the Middle East do not agree with freedoms. If that is the case, why are we still in there? I do not see any American citizens murdering Muslims for chanting "death to all infidels" (that is us by the way).

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  227. Joan

    Unfortunately last year when this ignorant, bigoted and hateful so- called "pastor" threatened to do this, the media went into a frenzy, publishing so much about this creep that he became an international figure. Because the media put him on the radar, it is easy for the extremists to watch his every move and exploit it for their own purposes. Once the evil is out there, you can't get it back. It seems he might be guilty of instigating hatred with fatal consequences. Whatever, everyone should just ignore him and he will have to answer to his Maker someday and it won't be pretty.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  228. Steve Benjamin

    It would be nice if Americans who disagree with this Church and its Pastor? would make them uncomfortable by exercising OUR free speech. Perhaps picketing their church and services and reminding them of the ABUSE of free speech. Letting the world know America has fought for the right to dissent as well as free speech.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  229. Matthias

    Most of those that killed themselves because of Koran that was burn in Florida, are ignorant of the Koran should be in their heart not on paper that can be burn or destroyed, they need to grow up and go back to Modern education to open their eyes , Koran is black and white writing but they should write Koran into their hearth that will not be destroyed. This include those who said the Pastor should be persecuted. Destroyed the bible but not the bible in my heart .

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  230. Tom

    Jack, This man is no pastor. He is a lunatic and a terrorist. That said, however I blame the media that gives this man a voice on the world stage that he does not deserve. If no one but his 'flock' knew about this burning it would have had no impact at all. Quit giving this man a voice.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  231. monk

    If someone's actions are so offensive, why give him more attention, No, he should not be charged, we have freedom of speech and that should always remain our freedom, Should all Americans lose their right to freedom of speech over the decision of one man. The Muslims did not have to attack anyone, if charges should be brought, it should be on those who did the killings, they are guilty. We allow people to walk on our flag, burn it and desecrate it, We allow people to insult Christians and burn bibles, Why the double standards, because certain people will react with violence? At many gatherings of radical Muslims in the US, they speaqk of Gihad on Americans and death to American, Do we charge them. Education is the answer to the problem in both directions, Unfortunately, some peoples ignorance cannot easily be cured.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  232. Neil

    The media needs to stop paying any attention to Terry Jones. A footnote at the most. The story here is that there are people who will kill because someone insults their book/prophet/religion. Those murders would do the same for any topic their leaders wants to rile them up with. If I burned a bible (I'm not a Muslim), no one would die over it. Some people would call me rude. That's it.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  233. steve chamberlain

    yes, something should be done about the Pastor, the news should make the comparison about "freedom to even be stupid" and the uncivilized animals that kill and maim over cartoons. "Our President" and the General apologized to a cult of wahabi based muslims who will kill you for being a Christian, and will certainly not hesitate burning the Bible or and the Flag of my country. Our leaders have forgotten completely "who" our enemy is.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  234. Robert Ulmer

    NO, this pastor broke no law,this is America! We all have the Constitutional right of Freedom of Speech! Whether you agree with this pastor or not, THIS is AMERICA! How many times does this have to be said for some to get this!! I think this man should have respected their religion and the Quran, but America is not the middle east, and we unlike other places in the world are a nation of LAWS that must and I repeat must be upheld, no waivers granted!!! A judge once said to me Ignorance of the Law is no excuse!!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  235. David H.

    I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion, Terry Jones actions are not the smartest of moves, but where are all these people when our soldiers are over there fighting for them and their burning our FLAGS.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  236. Pastor Gary Petersen

    Worthy contributions are made constantly by churches and ministers across the country that never receive news coverage. Why report on the rantings of the insane? Please! Send the camera crews home and give him zero attention.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  237. suzanne kramer

    they burn our bibles and our flag kill our people and are haled as heroes.the least we can do is say thank you pastor for showing the world that everyone should have the right to exspress themselves without killing fellow human beings.better to burn a book than harm your fellow man. from kentucky

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  238. Illinois

    Don't do anything directly to Jones. Instead cut off all Faith-Based Initiative federal funding and let all the Evangelists punish Jones for it.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  239. Jason

    Hitler never personally killed jews in death camps but his hate rhetoric and fanatical mind did. This guy should be put in a mental hospital clearly he is a psychopath.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  240. Grey Leopard

    Leopard from Florida's conservative vipers nest;
    Give him more Qurans to burn and pull the troops out of the stone age East. Seems like he is the only one who realizes that we are in a religious war against a bunch of Taxi Cab Drivers that don't use under arm.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  241. Annie, Atlanta

    @Lamont Forthun, what you don't understand is the cultural differences. We in America can burn books or flags or whatever as part of our right to free speech. Other countries don't have those rights. Understanding cultural differences would go a long way in keeping our troops safe while in these strange (and somewhat backward) lands. And this "pastor" knew his actions could get people killed, yet did it anyway.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  242. nicolu from Vegas

    @Jenna in Roseville, the Hate Crime laws only apply in the U.S. not elsewhere. Besides, when does burning a tome apply to a hate crime? Furthermore, where were you when the Flag, and Bibles are being burned and descrated IN AMERICA since the '60's?

    @Pete from GZ, well said mate!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  243. Andrew

    Make him a missionary in Afghanistan...I'm sure many Afghans would "flock" to him...leading to his indefinite silence.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  244. Camilla Hussein, AK

    I would recommend a psychological evaluation for this " pastor". Just look at his facial hair, indicative of narcississtic tendencies. He is selfish and doesn't care about the victims and turmoil he us causing.
    Please stop giving him the attention he is viying with his mindless action. He is a danger to humanity. Isn't this a good enough reason to lock him up in a mental hospital?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  245. Scott

    Jack, Jack, Jack: Civil Liberties are Civil Liberties. We burn the flag here.
    Nobody shoots us because the cops would have to shoot the people who tried to kill us. Same goes for Afganistan. We burn the Koran here–they attack Americans there–we should mow them down.

    It's that simple.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  246. Jason Rodriguez

    No legal action should be taken against Jones. He is exercising free expression. If we criminalize such acts, we're jeapordizing the integrity of the First Amendment...then we're one step closer to oppressive measures, such as blasphemy laws.

    Here's what we should do: the public and the media should be talking about the inherent divisiveness of such religions as Islam, Christianity, and Judaisim and give more coverage to a superior alternative, the secular humanism practiced by many atheists. It's time that we fearlessly bright to light the inferiority of religions.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  247. Timothy

    Jack,
    I would invite the pastor to defend his "worldly views" to the Muslim community by buying him a one way ticket to Kabul.
    It is easy to run your mouth from the back waters in Florida, protected by the very umbrella of freedom provided to him and his flock by the very troops he now places at risk by his reckless behavior.
    If the Pastor is so convinced he should engage people of opposing views. That would demonstrate courage and conviction of ones beliefs, rather than being a coward and hiding behind the constitution.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  248. Matthias from California

    The Pastor was telling them about knowing and have the Koran in their heart not on paper.
    Most of those that killed themselves because of Koran that was burn in Florida, are ignorant of the Koran should be in their heart not on paper that can be burn or destroyed, they need to grow up and go back to Modern education to open their eyes , Koran is black and white writing but they should write Koran into their hearth that will not be destroyed. This include those who said the Pastor should be persecuted. Destroyed the bible but not the bible in my heart .

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  249. David Iddins

    Whether we like it or not, Terry Jones has the right to free speech in this country. President Obama swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the U.S., as did General Patreus. The should quit criticizing Terry Jones and do their jobs. Do we really think the muslims need an excuse to kill westerners and yell "death to America"?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  250. Mathew in Newport, Rhode Island

    The action of the pastor isn't the important issue. The notion that any action would be taken against him erodes the right to free speech. Any policy which protects the "rights of an idea" at the expense of the rights of a real person sets a precedent, a dangerous precedent that will be used to stifle valid criticism. Democracy cannot thrive in an environment where criticism of certain beliefs or opinions is illegal.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  251. Mike Arena

    Jack, anyone can go into a police station and make false accusations against someone else and get a protection order on that person. This order stops the accused from saying or doing anything to that person with penalty of jail. It seems to me that if the actions of pastor jones caused the death of inoccent people and put our troops in harms way there should be something that can be done to stop his hateful actions and comments.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  252. Laurie Bailey

    This man should not be allowed to be a Pastor. He is teaching and spreading hate. He needs to read the Bible. As Christians we are to love one another even those who are not like us. The majority of Muslims are not extremists. They are good and loving people who seek peace as any other righteous person would. Do we not have enough dislike for Americans and our country around the globe that he has to throw gasoline on the fire. I wonder how he would feel if they were to burn a stack of Bibles in Afganistan??? He is also putting our troops at risk who over there placing their lives on the line. His own agenda seems to be on the top of his list. Not very productive actions and a bit on the insane side if you ask me and by the way I am a Christian.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  253. Steven McMurtrie

    The Pastor burning the Quran is as crazy as the people rioting.
    The rioters have an agenda. Who cares about a man burning the Quran?
    Who would care if anyone burned the bible.
    It is sad that we have done so much to keep the people of Iraq and Afganistan from killing each other and we don't even get a thank you. What does the Quran say about muslims killing muslims?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  254. Loco Steve

    When the American Flag gets burnt in Iran Syria Wherever How many Iranians or syrians or pakistanis or.... Do Americans go out and kill Part of the problem is that when people do something like that the news media often encourage the bad behaviour by giving their voice or actions more Gasoline It's the Sarah Palin / Dobbs/ Beck /sheen / Limbaugh Syndrome- Instead of running to hear what these attention seekers have to say.. Ignore them ..Poor millionaires behaving badly..

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  255. Fareed M

    This Red-Neck pastor from Florida, has put our nation in more jeopardy an created devastating unrest with the Muslim world. Yes, we must be critically sensitive to what we say and our actions aganist others, despite our freedom of SPEECH (expression). What if Muslims started burning the "HOLY BIBLE". I would like to know what would be the REACTION to that?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  256. Tim Leeny

    We don’t do anything when someone burns a Bible! Why should we be upset when someone burns a Koran? It is only a book of many! After all it’s what is in your heart that really matters. God will have his day to judge.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  257. Al

    What kind of world do we live in when Wolf Blitzer is disappointed at a leader who told his people the truth about the burning of a religious holy book by an American "pastor", meanwhile, the pastor is protected by the law.
    The pastor should stand trial at a world court for the death of the U.N. workers. If there's anyone to blame, it should be the pastor or the first amendment, not the leader of Afganistan.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  258. Sofia

    As a Muslim, I am both embarrassed and horrified by the violent reaction in Afghanistan. Those killers should be brought to justice. Someone burned our holy book, so what? We have more than enough to go around. The problem is no one reads it anymore, otherwise they wouldn't be acting like homicidal monkeys every time there is a perceived insult to our religion. Don't these so called Muslim clowns realize that by their horrible actions, they are more of an insult to Islam than Terry Jones ever could be? As for Terry Jones, he may be a stupid clown, but in the USA, even stupid clowns have a right called freedom of speech/expression. That's what separates us from other countries, like Libya for example. Of course Jones will soon find out that we also have something called civil suit .

    April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  259. AmeriKim

    Absolutely!!! This is inciting violence and putting our men in women in even more danger. What kind of American deliberately puts his own country and the brave people serving that country in a position like this?!
    Why do we even give this idiot air time? Is the story really worth losing lives? Why don't we ignore him, stop giving him the attention that is causing the turmoil? If the press had not covered this despicable excuse for a human being and his mindless sheep, who would know or care what he does? Let him wallow in his own hate–don't provide the mud.
    Perhaps we should boycott any program or newspaper associated with giving this "thing" a platform for advertising his hateful actions. I don't want to be part of anything that allows the world to see this sorry excuse for a human being and allows him to claim the title "American"–he is not and more than that, to have the audacity to say he is a Christian is a slap in the face to what true Christianity is.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  260. richard fein

    So now religious fanatics in other countries can dictate what
    can be said in the United States. The Muslim extremists are
    winning for we are seriously considering self censoring ourselves. The issue here is not Terry Jones remarks, but rather Jones's First
    Amendment right to make these remarks. Thousands of American
    soldiers have died defending the very freedom we are so readily
    willing to compromise out of fear of offending the very thugs who preach anti-Semitism and anti-Christian rhetoric in their own countries. When churches are bombed in Moslem countries are there riots here?Whatever one's opinion on Jone's speech he has a right to make it and we should not bow to extremists because if we do it
    will be like blood in the water and these religious sharks will
    to chew away more of our freedoms. What's next? Will
    they be telling us what religion to follow. That is
    their ultimate goal.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  261. Sandra Goodier

    I, of course, abhor Terry Jones' actions. There was a notice somewhere that his building, which he calls a church, was close to being repoed, Could this have been a stunt to bring the attention of other boneheads to send money to him? I certainly hope not! And trying Mohammed? For What? Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the three great religions which sprang from Abraham and are more alike than most people think. Jones is like the Taliban of extreme fundamentalist Christianity and sullies the name of those of us who have chosen the path of Christ.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  262. AdnanMasr

    Moslems around the world murdered people, destroyed property and called for Holly war during the caricature of Mohamed. Now because of the burning of the Quran, other atrocities are done.
    They do worse to their Muslim brothers Sunni against Shiaa and vice versa. No mass hysteria.
    Almost every day, anywhere in the Muslim and Arabic world Christians are killed for no reason, priest and churches burned and no one talks. See what is happening in Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan to Christians.
    Nobody talks or does anything. The West in this sense is acting cowardly

    April 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  263. Mary

    Freedom of speech is a right not a tool to hate, destroy and incite violence all over the world. This character should be taken care of because he's endangering the lives of people overseas and even here. God forbid, hidden terrorists in the USA take this opportunity as an excuse to strike. Even if some Muslims take the Koran to the extreme it does not mean that their holy book is a guide to terrorism. The bible is a holy book as well and as a catholic I know if it gets burned over some irresponsible non-religious idiot trying to get publicity I know I'd be pretty upset too!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  264. Glenn Payne

    American citizens have burned our country's flag and burned Bibles as expressions of the right of freedom of speech. The Muslims reaction to the burning of the Quran is just another indication of how uncivilized they are. The Muslim world has a long way to go before their own people have freedom of expression. Let's blame the idiots that keep putting troops on the ground in Muslim countrys when we have so many other means of dealing with terriiots. Any politicians sons or daughters serving in Afghanistan?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  265. Colin, MA

    Can Mr. Terry Jones be charged with a hate crime? His actions were done with the intent to cause pain and suffering to a specific religious or ethnic group.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  266. Jim P

    Why is this guy reffered to as a "pastor"? What he is preaching is not religion.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  267. Bill

    Yes. He should be ignored. With Freedom of Speech comes Freedom of Stupidity, where the loudest and most outrageous person will get world wide attention and incite anger in others who would also commit equally stupid acts in response.

    Whether or not burning a major religion's Holy Book is protected by Freedom of Speech, the best we can and should do is not give this pastor any more attention and do our best to control the damage that was done.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  268. Alex in Richmond, Va.

    This clown pastor should be turned over to the Taliban as a gesture of "good will" on the part of the US. He understands the concept of a "sacrificial lamb" and would probably be "open minded" about his sacrifice! Let's see how Islamic justice deals with bad behavior!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  269. Randy

    This guy is a racist, and we should all understand that this HATE. I feel bad that someone who claims to be of the christian faith and a pastor at that, is getting such attention for destroying another faiths scriptures. Its quite apparent that instead of burning someone's scripture he should be reading his and discover the real truth that Christ teaches," Which is to love thy neighbor". I know without a doubt that the same God who he professes to serve will require him to pay for the loss of life which he has caused. All Christians should be appalled at the hate that he causing, and everyone should stop paying attention and hopefully he will just go away..

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  270. Firas (Fer-Ahs)

    I feel bad for all the mentally stable people that have to share a religious label with folks like Jones, the Westboro Baptist Church, Al Qaeda, and others. Unfortunately, no legal action can be taken against this man without infringing his first amendment rights (that precedent was set by the SCOTUS decision in Snyder v. Phelps). We can, however, stop sensationalizing the filth that is spewed by these morons and start emphasizing moderate and tolerant viewpoints held by the clear majority of people.
    Platteville, WI

    April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  271. Grey Leopard

    I'm gonna' burn a bible tomorrow just to see how many of you Christians feel strong enough about your beliefs to go out and kill somebody and riot in the streets. And I don't want to hear this crap about cultural differences unless we're comparing modern man with the cave dwellers in the middle East.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  272. Carol

    There are plenty of wrongs to go around in this situation as Mr Blitzer says Prez Karzai whipped up emotions among his people; those people who felt they had the right to KILL INNOCENTS working in the name of peace for THEM, for ALL of us. Yes, this pastor should in some way be accountable for taking advantage of his right to free speech to put others in KNOWN danger; DANGER he was made aware of when he was asked NOT to so selfishly make his point the first time. Guilty of premeditated sabotage of the efforts of better & smarter people than him, I have no idea what should or could be done but it sure seems something .. "Criminal negligence" under one of those TERRORIST laws?
    Central Colorado

    April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  273. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    This "pastor" is just the latest of a whole "line" of similar preachers. I won't name them, but at least two purport to have millions of "followers" world-wide.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  274. Jim Adkins

    This pastor has as much right to burn the Koran as he does to burn a piece of paper. Why are you trying to make the us do what some Muslim wants? So far as killing troops the biggest problem is we have not killed enough Muslins. Wars are only won when one side destroys enough and kills enough people that the people feel enough pain they no longer want to fight and demand it stop and surrender. The only thing this war has done is make leaders rich.
    Either win by doing what ever it takes to kill a lot of people or get the hell out.

    You may think this is a crazy comment but look at history. American Civil war was not won until the South was beaten so much it no longer wanted to fight. The same with Germany and Japan also France’s Napoleon.

    So how the hell do you win a war when you are building more that you are destroying? The country better with the war than it was before the war..

    War is made to kill people and destroy the enemies assets if you don’t want to do that go play soccer with them!

    Jim Adkins

    April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  275. Kip Darling

    Harry Reid and Lindsey Graham, by blaming the pastor, are looking through the wrong end of the telescope. I'm outraged we're wasting American lives and American dollars on a bunch of islamic fruitcakes over there who are murderously intolerant of our national right to free speech. It's time to get out, and let them go back to the stone age.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  276. John Paulson

    What about Fred Phelps. How is this any diffrent? What America needs is Christians stepping up and taking back this country and following GOD again.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  277. Brent Scott-- Las Vegas

    Since the Bible was written by man to control the masses, I think after Reverand Terry Jones' actions, now would be as good of a time as any to change the Ten Commandments to the Eleven Commandments. The 11th Commandment would read ,"Thou shout not encourage ignorance. If thou does, thou will spend eternity in a padded cell." Yes, this seems fitting considering the ignorance and stupidity the "Christian" right has been preaching from the pull pit is so thick, I need my wading boots to easily glide through the cow manure. Jones should be our first example of how to rid ignorance from the earth and this, I am certain, Jesus would applaud!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  278. Carol Genberg North CArolina

    I think the press should quietly agree to never mention this fools' name again or anything about him and deny him publicity he so egregiously seeks.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  279. Daniel Cooper

    Admittedly knowing there would be evil consequences born from ones actions, yet still be willing to accept the aftermath of those "self serving" actions as a righteous act, is vile, immoral, and heartless...
    Preacher Terry Jones, has shown the world another face of terrorism that plagues mankind. From a distance, his hands were knowingly on the blade and stone... Now the blood is on his hands.
    He should be treated in the same fashion as any other terriorist for inhumain acts against mankind.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  280. Conor in Chicago

    The only people I see on this forum defending this Pastor seem to be unable to hold back the need to make some quip about their being a Christian or thinking America is a Christian nation. That speaks volumes to this Secular Athiest who seems to have more common sense, morality, and care for our troops overseas, than any of you.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  281. Luke

    He should just be ignored. The real issue is the fact that people believe that if a book gets burnt, they have a right (or even a duty) to kill people. How does a burnt book equal dead people? Where are the so-called moderate Muslims on this one? Watching real people die because of two ancient incompatible superstitions is heartbreaking. You're all delusional with your so called Holy Books and you're dragging us all to Hell with you.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  282. Gary

    Jack, all actions have consequences. Let's let the families of the killed UN staff decide his fate. Let him look them in the face and see what his actions caused first-hand. Seems fair to me.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  283. Penelope Hazelbaker

    Because of our freedom of speech I do not see how anything could be done to this extremist pastort. Many non US citizens have burnt the bible and our flag in the past which most of us hold dear and are offended by these actions but would not kill others because of a single persons stupidity. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I believe that as believers we should do life like Christ. What this pastor did is not a Christ like action but one of hate.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  284. headjazz

    All religions are violent, self-preserving and extremely corrosive. It could be said religion is society's addictive poison!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  285. Chris IN

    No – we live in a free country and that's what make it so great. I think they are jealous and they need to realize it's just a bunch of paper and ink. Why get so mad over a book? That's insane! Juat calm down and deal with your country's problems. I think they just look for something to fight over. I don't care if someone burns a bible, burns the flag, etc. It does not impact my life – do what you want to do – just don't go fight over it. If you do, then you are mentally unstable. Who cares if he burned the thing? Did it physically hurt you? No, of course it didn't. Grown up – get a job – help your country.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  286. Millie Willis

    Pastor Terry Jones' action of prejudice and small mindedness, needs to be confronted, with a charge of inciting murder. He needs to be called on his bigoted act.
    This is not 'free speech" ti's prejudicial action to burn the Koran, because he does not believe in it.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is correct, congress does need to rethink just what is and is not free speech

    Millie Willis, Roanoke, VA

    April 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  287. Aaron

    Jack,

    A strong condemnation of the pastor action is sufficient. Equally important, the Muslim communities should be standing up to the killing of innocent people. I believe in Buddhism and it is hard for me to imagine that I would be angry enough to harm anyone who ridicules my religion.

    I am very disappointed that very few Muslims protest against violence.

    Aaron
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    April 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  288. Abe Quiner

    How did the people of Afghanistan hear about "Reverend" Jones in the first place? Stop covering his story if you're worried about repurcussions. As ignorant and hateful as his actions may be, the deaths of those people in Afghanistan are not his fault. They were killed by other ignorant and hateful people. If Jones is responsible for those deaths, then so is the media that spreads his hateful message. Are we seriously worried about "enraging U.S. enemies" and the "security of U.S. soldiers fighting a war"? That's why they became soldiers, to put themselves in harms way to protect the United States. How does that quote go? "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Freedom of speech with limits is not freedom.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  289. Johnathon

    Of course something should be done this is an act of hatred towards a group which is racism if America does nothing than i guess it is ok to be racist in America

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  290. David Nova Scotia

    Ladies, Gentlemen and all who watch CNN world wide .... if y'all can arrest and put suspected terrorist in "Gitmo" it is now time to put on so called man of God there also ...."Pronto"

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  291. Rick in California

    He should be charged with inciting a riot at the very least. Not to mention the blood on his hands. Even bigger loser than Charlie Sheen.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  292. Moe

    First i want to say one thing i am against any war or discrimination, but I am sorry for anyone just looking for any reason to justify killing they killed people did not do anything do you know after all this time they want to kill American no matter what we do something or not they just hate us. In-spite of what this priest did right or wrong , why you want to denied him his rights for speech and you scared or ignored these people live in the USA and every Friday after praying calling death for America and American and why you never talk and defined the Christians who die everyday in the Middle east and their churches knocked down and their Bible rebid and burned. Sir do not you see you just scared so you trying to take the Muslim side. Let me tell you one thing and mark my words they will trying to kill us no matter what we do or not and you know they are growing in the USA using our freedom for bad reason but they do not let the other people in the other countries they rules to have this freedom, do not be fooled with their ways. Wake up.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  293. Mona Gonzalez

    Are we going to have our rights dictated by people in other countries?
    What the so-called "pastor" did might not be "diplomatic," but his right to burn the Quran is protected by our Constitution. The crazy reaction in Afghanistan exemplifies how dangerous those people are.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  294. Joe

    Absolutely Nothing.
    I'm pretty tired of our American flag being burned, or the bible going up in flames. Where is the apology for these? Where are the apologies for the beheadings of countless people by a so called peaceful religion?
    The bottom line is these people look for any excuse to lash out at America. This is just one more example of that and for the U.S. to apologize for this is disgusting and spits in the face of every American.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  295. Michael Schmidt

    Maybe its time to have a real discussion on what really happen, that is that a bunch of stupid people that got real religion problems, got real angry and kill innocence people because their feeling got hurt. well my feeling get hurt sometimes and i don't go out and blow up people. What that pastor did was is business and we can't let people start telling us what we can and can't do, when it come to our freedom of speed.They are just a bunch of bullies that want the world to be shape there way. That mean to me that they just want power so they can rule so that can eat better and get the better women. They just need to get over them self. There is no way that i will cow tale to people that tell me what i can and can not say and do.

    .

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  296. Rita Fort Collins CO

    If that isn't screaming fire in a crowded room what is? He needs to be put in prison before he does something else stupid. Maybe we do need a law to prevent hate speech. Funny that would be a suggestion by a Republican.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  297. michael

    You've got to be kidding me! The U.S military is killing an enemy in Afghanistan who are believers in the Koran in the name of Democracy and now some Congress critters want to go after Terry Jones for exercising his right to free speech by burning it??!

    Perhaps they should go around the world and apprehend all the American flag burners and bring them to Gitmo for trial now that it's okay to do so.....this is just plain nuts!

    michael in the hills of the Yolla Bolly mountains; Corning, California

    April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  298. Joe

    One more thing. I see a lot of people condemning this Pastor, but what do you have to say about those that murder Christians?

    April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  299. Jason Rodriguez

    Correction:

    No legal action should be taken against Jones. He is exercising free expression. If we criminalize such acts, we're jeapordizing the integrity of the First Amendment...then we're one step closer to oppressive measures, such as blasphemy laws.

    Here's what we should do: the public and the media should be talking about the inherent divisiveness of such religions as Islam, Christianity, and Judaisim and give more coverage to a superior alternative, the secular humanism practiced by many atheists. It's time that we fearlessly bring to light the inferiority of religions.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  300. freedom of speech

    I disapprove of what the pastor did because it's clearly disrespectful to followers of Islam. But he has the right to do it!

    Our young men and women are over in the middle east (for way too long) fighting and dying to protect our (and Jones') right to freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.

    Are we to give up our freedoms to appease (remember that word from World War II) radical fanatics of a religion because of the acts of radical fanatics of another religion?

    I sure hope not.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  301. Gary Fish

    This is a hate crime that is putting Ives at risk!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  302. John

    The pastor may be stupid, and small minded, but at the end of the day he burned a book. The response fom the muslim world was murder and violence. Who is the real bad guy here? Perhaps this is just more proof that our money and soldiers are being wasted on a primitive, intolerant culture, who deserves their dictators.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  303. Eleazar

    Jack: There are things about this guy and his followers which are hauntingly familiar. Perhaps it's his name – Rev. Jones – which brings back the chilling memories? Or maybe it's the front row of congregants chanting "burn the book" with thick German accents, while sporting loaded handguns on their hips? This is obviously a cult which may fit the definition of terrorists and should be dealt with accordingly. They have blood on their hands to be sure! As a Floridian, I'm particularly upset with these Neanderthals.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  304. Bill Hails

    I consider the pastor to be responsible for the deaths of all those people in Afghanistan. He should be held accountable in any civil action brought by any and all of the families of the deceased and wounded. Beyond that, I think his actions must certainly be considered a hate crime. We all know that our free speech rights do not allow us to shout "FIRE" in a crowded theater. What this Godless pastor has done is far worse since the horrific results of his actions were known and predictable.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  305. charles brown

    Disaster Pastor Jones should be flown to Afghanistan to explain his perspectives.
    Hamid Karzid is just one more dictator to sell out to the highest bidder in a long history of U.S. supported monsters we have helped into office in the name of "Democracy". Oh when will we ever learn? Never I guess as history continues to repeat itself. Why this a big surprise? I shall return to my cave now. Charles Brown Hiram, Georgia

    April 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  306. Kathy, Willcox, Arizona

    First off, kudos to our media for not reporting that this pastor ignored everyone and went ahead and did his savage deed anyway. We may or may not be able to do anything to him under our free speech system. However, we can answer the leader of Afghanistan who stupidly reported it to his people by immediately pulling all American troops out of his country. Immediately, if not sooner.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  307. Robert Strunk

    This man is not a man of god, he is preaching hate and has already caused many deaths. Our men and women fighting in the Middle East will pay the price for this idiot, the UN already has. It's ashamed he can't be charged with the murders of each and every one.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  308. Tom O.

    Unfortunately, the same principle as the Westboro Baptist Church applies here. We live in a democracy where the national discourse is free, even for the idiots among us. Although I would love to have a "discussion" with both, unfortunately they must be allowed to voice their idiotic, hateful and bigoted opinions.
    That does not mean, however, we need to give them the satisfaction of listening.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  309. Barbara Young

    Stupidity and intolerance have been demonstrated and escalated by both sides. These are things that lead to war. We should pull the plug on our support for 'Hamid Karzai which is in the billion$, and bring our troops home – ASAP. He is NOT a legitimate leader anyway, having STOLE the election and putting President Obama in a box last year. Key benefit: a major help in bringing down our national debt.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  310. Jack

    The pastor represents just a small sample of the type of the inflammatory discussion that takes place on a daily basis on CNN by people like Wolf, Jack or John under the umbrella of the First Amendment.

    “The People Just Want to Know,” say the Journalists, but in reality it is about big salaries for the “Talking
    Heads” that infiltrate our media every day.

    Politically Correctness is killing our society and it seems that only you folks have the liberty to say what you want.

    Let the Pastor alone!

    Just how many people would even know about his antics without the relentless pursuit by CNN and the other networks working hard to keep their ratings up for personal gain.

    Jack in South Carolina

    April 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  311. Dawood Qureshi

    I being an American Muslim highly condemn the action of this Pastor. it is highly painful for any Muslim on the earth to digest this.

    United States of America is a country where freedom prevails but as they " your freedom should end where my nose starts"

    While no punishment can compensate what he has done, I will urge the law makers to take a serious note of this so that no insane person like this pastor can play with the sentiments of any segment of community or religion.

    Having said this, I must remind people that if a person commits a sin, Islam does not permit anyone to drum beat it and spread his sin to other who do not know it yet. Lets not give him air time on news channels

    USA is a country where we are proud of supremacy of law. We are also proud of our public at large who always supports the right and rejects the wrong. I will let the law makers handle it and I am sure they will do the right thing.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  312. judith knaiz

    Jack, Shouldn't it be possible to make martyrs of the UN workers and make the point to the terrorists that they are making martyrs for the Christian God by killing Christians. In otherwords they are weakening their position by martyring their foes.

    Judith Knaiz
    Pittsburgh, PA

    April 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  313. Arline McFarlane

    Pastor Jones should stand trial for deliberately doing something which he knew would incite some Muslims. Jones is no Christian because we respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs, and I would hope that most Muslims understand that fact. No doubt they too have their share of people like Jones.
    Jones knew what kind of a reaction would arise from his gross stupidity therefore, he should suffer the consequences for his total disregard for any ramifications his actions have caused. Innocent people have been killed because of him. The killers should also understand that their actions in turn, were just as bad as his.
    What Jones did and what he caused by his idiotic stance deserves some penalty; I would suggest he be fined heavily and the money be donated to a Muslim Mosque.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  314. Conor in Chicago

    This episode says more about Christians than it does Muslims, that's for sure. I expect religoius nut jobs in Afghanastan to freak out and behead people over something like this. They essentially live in the 7th Century by choice so and have a Western "Christian" nation occupying them. I don't excuse it at all, I'm just saying I expect it.

    But watching Christians on this forum defend this pastor on religous grounds as opposed to 1st Ammendment grounds should tell you everything you need to know about Christians: Just as bad a Muslims, yet not poor and destitute enough to blow themselves up in a crowd, yet...

    April 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  315. jim greene

    Im thinking, truthful the pastors was excersising his rites as an american.. think about how the taliban are they gonna kill people anyway, we can chip away at all on our constitutional rights. I think if we do prosecute him are we gonna prosecute someone for burning a bible, ,,, now im gonna be. REALLY mad if someone can burn a christian, holey bible no problem,, so that is most lily the reason they burned the coral. To see if the rites are equals rights,, or are the rites for one group protected, like,, they burn our flag,, nothing can be done

    April 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  316. Alex in Wisconsin

    This might offend people, but the millitary should quietly send the muslim members of the armed forces out into the locacl afghan community and hold Bible Burning demonstrations. might upset large numbers of Christians. I won't let it bother me, my Bible is safely by my bed side. But , i think this way of channeling Muslim rage will result in fewer lives lost. might even win the millitary some points with the locals, repairing some of the damage Pastor Pinhead has done to all operations in Muslim countries....But this could only work if the brainless right wingers wouldn't retaliate too and make the situation worse.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  317. Iris Sanchez

    I belive this guy should be made President. He has the guts to use his freedom to do what he wants. The muslims can burn our bible, our flag, kill our people and we don't start killing them here in the US. We barely complain. The Coran is just a book. Get real muslims. The fact that these people are killing for a book shows they are still living in the first century.
    I am sorry that innocent lives have to pay for what the Pastor in FL did, but are we to be that afraid of these muslims??? They have infiltrated our lives in every State and soon enough they will have sufficient votes to put a President in Washington and then, maybe then, will America wake up. The Arab nations hate us. The muslims hate us. They are all just using us and buying their time.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  318. Wes W

    Why is it we go after people who put swastika's on temples, people who burn crosses in others yards, people who burn churchs all for hate crimes but not this "pastor"? This is not a freedom to speech arguement, this is a deflamation of a religious document which should be considered a hate crime. Speech is defined as vocalized form of human communication,

    April 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  319. Bela Roberts

    Maybe instead of burning the Quran he should read it and try to see what these dudes are about!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  320. rick

    I'm glad Dee mentioned the Dixie Chicks.
    All they did was apologize, in London, for the murder of innocent children of God, or as you would call it in the US, "collateral damage".

    Comments about shipping the pastor away for Islamic justice are misguided however, because Islamic justice is coming to a White House, a Supreme Court House, and a County Courthouse near you.

    It's just a matter of time now.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  321. LeeAnn

    For any American that causes deliberate harm to others by his own freedom of speech should either be charged with treason or in his case send him to Afganistan and let him explain himself to the Muslims' and to Karzai.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  322. Nicholas Swann

    He has his rights with the first amendment in place, however in a world we live in today, why would he want to create animosity on a global level. Everyone has a right to his or her beliefs, but I think he went to far. Any man or woman of the cloth, with a true heart for religion,peace and love would have not done this.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  323. Salahuddin Khan

    Inflammatory though Terry Jones' idiotic behavior may be, Muslims need to understand that the Quran is first and foremost a recital, an utterance. i.e. not the book itself in which the words appear, which is strictly a "mushhaf". Yes, as Muslims we revere the written form. But the protected form is spoken and memorized and is incapable of destruction. Indeed, when a copy of the Quran gets old and unusable, it is burned, in order to avoid physical defilement.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm |