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Paster Terry Jones and the Book Burning Tradition

by David Yeagley · September 8, 2010 · 20 Comments ·

Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida, is in keeping with an ancient tradition of book burning. His proposed burning of the Koran on September 11, 2010, is not, for all its outrage, especially original, or even significant.

Amenhotep IV, Pharoah of Egypt (1379-1362 BC), became so averse to the established religion of his day that he abolished its priesthood, and defaced all public record of their gods. (True, no book burning incident is recorded.) He even created a new capital city, Amarna, in defiance of what he considered the false religion of the past.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, instigator of the Ground Zero Mosque,
perhaps one of the greatest deceivers of our time.

The first actual burning of sacred scripture, in defiance of its authority, was actually in the palace of King Jehoiakim, in Jerusalem (609-598 BC). In the winter of his fifth year as king, the scroll of Jeremiah the prophet was burned before the king, on the hearth, in the presence of his administration (Jeremiah 6: 21-26). Thus the king showed disdain for the ‘anti-Zionist’ word of the Lord from the prophet Jeremiah–who had prophesied the Babylonian captivity of the Jews.

Then there is the famous public book buring in Ephesus (ca. 45 AD). It appears that the new messianic teachings of the Jew named Paul disrupted the occult business of the city. There was a gathering of people who had practiced magic. They brought all their books together, made a huge bonfire of them, and renounced the evil of their ways. In the name of Christ, in great fear, they torched thousands of dollars worth of “how-to” manuals (Acts 19: 17-20). Of course, Paul shortly made a quick exit from the city.

In more recent times, the late 18th century French revolutionaries, rebelling against centuries of Roman Catholic oppression, had many public burnings of Bibles, as well as breviaries and missals, all expiating “in a great fire.” Thus quoth the president of a national revolutionary society in Paris. Or, we should say, thus is quoted the same, by Buchez-Roux, in Collection of Parliamentary History, Vol. 30, pp. 200, 201. (This work is long out of print, and the reference is made in a 19th century protestant work, The Great Controversy.) The Collection of Parliamentary History itself is quoting the Journal of Paris, 1793, No. 318, and the Popular Society of the Museum’s president, who rejoiced to see removed from the world “toutes les sotteries qu’ils ont fait commettre à l’espèce humaine,” that is, religious books.

And more recently, we note that Bibles have been burned in Muslim countries for some time. It seems the US soldiers in Muslim countries like Afghanistan are not allowed to circulated Bibles to the people. Instead, such Bibles have been burned–by US military officers! All for the safety of the soldiers, of course.

Orthodox Jews have burned New Testament texts in Israel.

People burn things that are sacred to other people. They burn flags, buildings, books, and icons, images, and sometimes people even burn themselves. Muslims are very destructive of other people’s religion and national emblems, of course.

Like, Muslims can burn other nations’ buildings, but,
other nations can’t burn the Muslim book. Even Mayor
Bloomberg is more consistant than that.

And so it happens. While Laura Ingraham gave a wonderful testimony this morning about the current political, religious, and social context of Pastor Terry Jones and the Koran burning idea, the historical context was absent completely, as it will be in most commentary about Pastor Jones. (Laura continual got the data wrong, too, saying Jone’s has a congregation of 50 people, when it a congregation of 50 families. But, that’s a detail.) Desecrating what others hold precious is one of the most common expressions of humanity. Indeed, the roots are ancient, and, we must acknowlege, Jewish.

Here, now, on the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, let’s be very clear: The Jewish people were originally commanded to be absolutely intolerant of other gods. That is Torah. Within their borders, they were to allow no exceptions, no compromises, and no foreign ways. The unique thing about the Jewish establishment was the fact that they created the Jewish nation on foriegn soil. The previous inhabitants were to be expelled, utterly. This is bold and brazen approach to civilization, but, it was all in the providence of God. It was, in fact, judgment against the depraved, denigrating conditions of the immoral heathen world.

How such an approach applies in modernity, in a world of increasing social pressure, confrontation, and violence (thanks to Muslims), is a matter deserving serious attention. There are those who defend the right of Pastor Jones to burn the Koran; there are those who note the futility and dangerous affects of burning the Koran. One thing seems certain: Pastor Jones is forcing the issue, bringing rights and religion into focus with intensity as never before. The fear of Muslims, the great trembling before Islam, is evident. Compassion for others motivates the civilized world, but not the Muslims–who are not part of the civilized world, for their religion condemns it. The civilized world fears Islam, and the Muslims know it, and take full advantage of it. Their infantile temper tantrums, their basic violence of approach, is relentless. To appease them, to keep them from acting out, the civilize world continually indulges them, like a weak parent indulges the emotionally disturbed and miserable child. Pastor Jones is bringing this all to light, in a fresh way.

There may be some “moderate” pretenders amoung Muslims who will feign a certain tolerance for the poor bigot in Florida. They may even show compassion for the mistaken writhings of Christianity. This may be a moment for them to further advance their perpetual lie of “freedom of religion” in western countries.

But Pastor Jones’ message is that the Koran is a evil book, and it produces evil in the world. Pastor Jones, who has not yet called for the bull-dozing of mosques in America, wants to send the message that Islam is in fact not welcome in the free world, and Muslims need to return to their own countries.

If that is the case, then Christians must be willing to leave Muslim countries where they are not wanted. Certainly, the national people of any country have the right to express whom they want in their country and whom they don’t. That is the stuff of nationhood.

It does make you wonder about what exactly our military is attempting to accomplish in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

Posted by David Yeagley · September 8, 2010 · 10:24 am CT · ·

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 REG // Sep 8, 2010 at 11:19 am   

    I personally can not in any way shape or form condone the burning of a book. Just like a pistol doesn’t kill, neither does a book. Would Christianity die if all the Bibles were destroyed? Of course not.
    The major problem is that if a simple cartoon of Mohammad with a bomb in his turban can incite mobs to destroy numerous Christian churches and kill something like 150 Christians worldwide, how many Christians and their churches in the rest of the world will be taken out of existence because of this? Of course Jones and his church will be protected by the FBI. In most of the world when a 2,000 year old Christian church is destroyed, it cannot be rebuilt; therefore Christianity dies in that area. That’s Muslim evangelism, destroy a church, build a mosque. The clerics are hoping and praying Mr. Jones will give them the excuse to wipe out a few churches so that they can wipe out more Christianity by replacement theology.

  • 2 zephyr // Sep 8, 2010 at 11:31 am   

    David: “The civilized world fears Islam, and the Muslims know it, and take full advantage of it. Their infantile temper tantrums, their basic violence of approach, is relentless.”

    yes, and that is precisely why we must never tolerate their bullying.

    REG, Muslim clerics don’t need an excuse to destroy Christianity. They’ve been attempting to do that since the 7th cent.

    Americans, and Christians, need to take a strong stand against Islam.

  • 3 Bear // Sep 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm   

    Few things stike fear in the hearts of Muslim extremist more than Americas own “Bubba-Jihad!” They don’t like beer, Jesus, and want to take our guns……well let the Bubbas’ know it’s hunting season, no limits, and they tastse like chicken. Nothing else needs to be said on the matter!

  • 4 REG // Sep 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm   

    Yep, No doubt about it; I share the world with Alice. I would recommend that some people read ‘Fred on Everything’ for a reality check.

  • 5 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm   

    Forgot to mention Hitler’s book burning fests.

    But, I can see, my collection of historical incidents here faired with less than stellar effect.

    Pastor Jones is in a tough position. If he backs down, then the Muslims have won, yet again. I think they probably will. Everyone is afraid of them.

    Our soldiers are in Muslims countries because of the problems and abuses this awful religion causes. It is a horrible religion, just on the surface, let alone the depths. Just my personal opinion, of course.

  • 6 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm   

    Hannity interviews Pastor Jones today (Sept. 8), this afternoon. I’m listening here in OKC:

    1) Ingraham was right. About 50 people in the congregation.

    2) Burn Koran Day: to send a radical message to the radical Muslims: no Sharia law here in this country!

    3) Messege is not intended for “peaceful” Muslims. He says they have the right to build mosques!

    4) Jones says he considers what Gen. Patraeas warns about. Jones, however, says that we stand now or later. The front lines will be here, in America.

    5) Stop Ground Zero, and we might stop Koran burning.

    6) Jones says some military people (special forces) support Jones! Have called him, citing the Muslim burning over 100 churches in Bosnia. US gov. would not allow soldiers to intervene.

  • 7 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm   

    7) Jones says more radical measures are needed to defeat radical Islam.

    8.) “Insulting someone is no reason to pull back,” Jones says, when Hannity presses the idea that burning the Koran will insult innocent people.

    9) Jones cites the fact that US soldiers were not allowed to rescue Christians burned alive in Bosnia hospital by radical Muslims.

    10) Hannity tried to out-argue Jones, but, Jones wins the argument, in my opinion. More radical measures are needed to defeat of radical Muslims.

    Hannity repeats his mantra, Gen. Patraeas warns that burning Koran will endager troops.

    Jones says, Muslims are responsible for what they do. You’re pointing the finger at the wrong person.

    Jones wins. Hands down.

  • 8 Pamela K. // Sep 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm   

    While the Islamization of America seems to be growing on a daily basis, no good will come of the Dove World Outreach’s burning of Korans.
    Pastor Terry Jones good intentions are nothing of the kind. His motives are not only misguided, but he seems to be operating under a religious, or self-righteous spirit.
    His church’s actions are no better than those of the Westboro Baptist Church and their anti-gay protests at military funerals.
    While I personally do not want to hear the summoning call to prayer to a demon god caterwauling down the canyon of lower Manhattan, or in my own back yard for that matter, I am more concerned with President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s determination to add a “Freedom of Religion” clause to the Bill of Rights.
    As you know, the word, religion, has more than one meaning. While most people equate it with church or their denomination, religion is also your way of life. Most Muslims religiously follow after Sharia Law. So, if a “Freedom of Religion” clause is added to our Constitution, it will undoubtedly become the law of the land. And as you also probably already know, Sharia Law usurps all other laws.

  • 9 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm   

    It is a tough call. I spoke with an Arab Christian friend of mine, with a “wicked” sense of humor. She said, about the Korn burning event:

    “Do it up right. Make it a hafti, a real party.
    1) pork-kababs
    2) dancing girls–stripped at least of veils.
    3) family feud games, like honor killings, beheadings, etc.
    4) serve arak, home-made booze, offered to Allah, the moon-god.

    This was rough. Really rough.

    I’m not sure if the Qur’an burning is something we can actually identify, socially, psychologically, religiously, etc. Many, many issues are involved.

    The whole thing seems terribly misfortunate, Islam in the Western world, that is. Should never, ever have been allowed. It has all happened because of money–money the Arabs got from western-built oil and gas companies. The west empowered them, and this is their gratitude.

    They have no class. None. It isn’t in them. Ethnically or spiritually. Islam is anti-class.

  • 10 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm   

    Oh, by the way, did everyone know that Hamas preaches the occult, as in witchcraft?

    Hamas Covenant, 1988, Article 2

    The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine. Moslem Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times. It is characterised by its deep understanding, accurate comprehension and its complete embrace of all Islamic concepts of all aspects of life, culture, creed, politics, economics, education, society, justice and judgement, the spreading of Islam, education, art, information, science of the occult and conversion to Islam.

    In case there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about what we’re dealing with here.

  • 11 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm   

    Of course, “Palestinian” Muslims attack Jewish children on Rosh Hashanah.

    Gaza Terror Attack on Israeli Kibbutz Heralds Jewish New Year

    How does Coulter say it? The religion of peace strikes again. Such deep respect for others, and exemplary regard for what others hold sacred.

    Who’s kidding whom? A pastor in Fla. feels like burning a Koran, and the world will end? Who is he harming?

    Pamela Gellar condemns what the pastor is doing, however.

  • 12 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm   

    But I say, the last people to listen to are the “moderate” muslims. They are liars. I should say, deceivers. What they say isn’t true. Islam is here to take over the world, or to bring about it’s destruction. All the moderates do, whether they intend to or not, is provide camouflage for the murderers.

  • 13 Pamela K. // Sep 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm   

    The Stages Of Jihad

  • 14 Pamela K. // Sep 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm   

    Islam Is Not A “Religion Of Peace”

  • 15 Dean // Sep 9, 2010 at 6:45 am   

    The leaders of Islamic countries, including Indonesia, are very concerned (calling in Interpol and other strong-arm tactics) about this symbolic display of burning a book of hate which is effectively a killing manual for modern Muslims and is the excuse for slaughtering Westerners by the hundreds each and every day.

    Islam is now the religion of bombing others in the name of Mohammad.

    Rauf even says (concerning the 9/11 Mosque building) that our national security is in jeopardy if the mosque is not built (DIRECT THREAT: build or else).

    I would like to see Muslims concern themselves with stopping jihad, sharia and writing warlord Mohammad out of their texts before they go off the deep end once again (like the Mohammad cartoons incident) by showing the world the intolerance and the intransigence of Islam.

    The only benefit that Islamic violence has is that it shows people (including Muslims) that Islam is indeed the religion of violence and tells good Muslims that they should not follow their prophet (but getting out of the religion is an option met with yet more violence).

  • 16 Pamela K. // Sep 9, 2010 at 6:51 am   

    Muslim Infitration Of Rural America

  • 17 David Yeagley // Sep 9, 2010 at 7:56 am   

    Es gibt keine Ende zu dieser Greul!

  • 18 miri55 // Sep 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm   

    Islam never ever was religion….it is a CULT,political system today…never were peaceful…not for 1400 years!!! I totally support Qur’an Burning,,,,,



    In Spain, at Seville. Some local people found a way to stop the construction of another mosque in their town. They buried a pig on the site, making sure this would be known by the local press. The Islamic rules forbid the erecting of a Mosque on “pig soiled ground”. The Moslem’s had to cancel the project. This land was sold to them by government officials. No protests were needed by the local people…and It worked!!! En Espagne, ils ne sont pas bêtes, ils ont trouvé une solution !!!


    Now, let us have a closer look at what the Koran says about the infidels:-

    Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them(2:191)
    Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood (9:123)
    When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them (9:5)
    Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax (9:29)
    Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable (3:85)
    The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them (9:30)
    Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam. (5:33)
    The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque (9:28)
    Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies

    Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them (47:4)
    The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them (8:65)
    Muslims must not take the infidels as friends (3:28)
    Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an (8:12)
    Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels (8:60)

  • 19 Irregular Times » Blog Archive » Freedom is for the Rest of Us, not for Muslims // Sep 10, 2010 at 5:55 am   

    […] Bad Eagle, September 2010 on how the burning of a Koran is part of a long, vibrant historical tradition of free expression: Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida, is in keeping with an ancient tradition of book burning. His proposed burning of the Koran on September 11, 2010, is not, for all its outrage, especially original, or even significant…. It seems the US soldiers in Muslim countries like Afghanistan are not allowed to circulated Bibles to the people. Instead, such Bibles have been burned–by US military officers! All for the safety of the soldiers, of course. […]

  • 20 elki // Sep 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm   

    Jewish Talmud burnings In France 12-13th centuries took place at the time of the disputations Church vs. Jews.

    We fear the savagery of the Muslim people, not the religion. They have no bound when it comes to murder and violence. See what they do to family members.

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