Monday, September 20, 2010
KORAN PROTEST PASTOR TO GET £100,000 BILL
Preacher Terry Jones, who planned to burn the Koran, is to receive a £100,000 bill
Monday September 20,2010
By Lianne Kolirin MAVERICK preacher Terry Jones, who sparked an international crisis over plans to burn the Koran, is to receive a £100,000 bill for police security.
More than 200 officers, including members of a SWAT team, were on duty at the church in Florida where Jones planned a burning of the holy book.
A huge security operation was put into place even though the pastor called off the protest, which was condemned by US President Barack Obama.
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The police bill in Gainesville comes to more than £50,000 and the Sheriff’s office spent a similar amount after putting almost all its officers on duty.
Pastor Jones, 58, and members of his Dove World Outreach Centre planned to throw 200 copies of the Islamic book on a bonfire on the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
The event was cancelled after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates called Jones and told him soldiers in Afghanistan would be put at greater risk by the stunt. With 48 hours until the planned burning, Jones scrapped the event saying he had secured a promise from the backers of a mosque at Ground Zero that it would be moved to a new site.
He flew to New York for talks with the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is behind the project, but he was snubbed.
The bill could bankrupt Jones and his church but he insists he will not pay, saying: “If we had known this in advance, we would have refused the security.”
This is what I myself think about the subject:
1. Terry Jones tried to call the world's attention to himself, to his church;
2. Someone at Terry's church should have warned him about consequences of his acts;
3. Many muslims burn flags, bibles, etc and nothing happens in Western world;
4. Western has been super tolerant with Islamism; not the opposite is true;
5. In fact, we should all respect someone's religion.
Life is too short. We should all live in peace. Peace, please!
Paulo Cesar Sampaio