PASTOR TERRY Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center, caused a public outcry earlier this year with his planned “International Burn a Koran Day.”
Although later pressured to call the book-burning off, Jones got more than his share of media attention, telling reporters, “It is a violent and oppressive religion that is trying to masquerade itself as a religion of peace, seeking to deceive our society. Islam is a lie based upon lies and deceptions and fear. In Muslim countries, if you preach the gospel or convert to Christianity–you will be killed. That is the type of religion it is.”
Now, according to Reuters, Jones is planning to spread his anti-Islam hate to the UK–to speak at an event hosted by a far-right, anti-Islamist “English Defense League” (EDL).
According to the Web site of the EDL, Jones will speak at an event in the town of Luton, north of London, in February.
“During the protest, Dr. Terry Jones will speak against the evils and destructiveness of Islam in support of the continued fight against the Islamification of England and Europe,” the group’s Web site said.
Here’s hoping that British anti-racist activists continue their tradition of opposition the EDL and all its bigotry, and that they send Jones a message that his anti-Islam hate is not welcome–in the UK or anywhere else.