To be blunt, Gainesville, Fla., pastor Terry Jones isn’t doing Christians a favor.
If you don’t recognize Jones by name, you probably have heard what he is doing at Dove World Outreach Center, planning to burn Korans on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9-11.
He has been asked to stop by local church leaders and law enforcement in Gainesville, most commonly known as the home to the University of Florida.
He has been asked to stop by federal officials.
He has been asked to stop by – get this – General David Petraeus, who is leading American troops into battle in Afghanistan for the potential harm it could put soldiers in.
Everyone who remembers the Twin Towers crumbling and the aftermath doesn’t have to dig deep to recall the pain and anguish it generated.
And burning Korans isn’t going to make anyone come back or somehow make those planes not hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural Pennsylvania field.
I have written before that people like Fred Phelps – the Kansas preacher who has drawn national ire and attention for his virulent homophobia protesting at military funerals – give the overwhelming majority of mainstream Christians a bad name we don’t deserve.
In other words, don’t let the crazies define the rest of us.
Pastor Jones, think of someone else other than yourself and your own painfully narrow view of the Bible and heed Gen. Petraeus’ order to stand down.