Remember Terry Jones, the outspoken pastor who attempted to burn 3,000 copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2013?
The authorities spoiled that plan by arresting him near Tampa, Florida, and charging him with illegally transporting fuel to perform the event. Although a local judge wound up dropping the charge, Jones wound up back in court a year later after the state asked for new charges to be approved.
Even three years later, it’s worth remembering the stand Jones took. Now that’s a man with guts.
Yet despite showing up with an inflammatory T-shirt, the pastor again wound up being saved by the graces of sympathetic judges.
The Lakeland Ledger reported in the summer of 2015 that the 2nd District Court of Appeals had decided to uphold the original dismissal. All that remained after that was a petty misdemeanor charge for openly carrying a firearm. The most he might have received for that charge was 60 days in jail.
We cannot necessarily condone Terry’s plans to burn Quran, let alone his decision to wear the “Nuke ISIS” shirt to court, but the sentiment he tried to express — that we understand fully.
We are at war with radical Islam, a perverted ideology whose adherents desire to rob not only us but the entire world of its freedoms and liberties. These diabolical fanatics hate us and our ways, and nothing infuriates them more than seeing us practice our right to free speech.
Many on the left want us to put aside this freedom, lest we offend Muslims, but men like Terry Jones don’t care. Our rights trump their feelings, and anyone who doesn’t understand this should do themselves a favor and relocate to another country.
H/T American News
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