In early 2011, senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, Terry Jones announced that he was going to burn copies of the Quran. This sparked a number of riots and protests around the world. Muslims were incensed with his threats, even though they have no problem burning Christian Bibles and for that matter, Christians.
One protest in Afghanistan led to the attack of United Nations group in which over 30 people were killed including 7 UN workers and injuring another 150 people. Jones stuck to his promise and in March of 2011 he started burning copies of the Quran.
In April of this year, Jones demanded that Iran release Youcef Nadadkhani who had been sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity. When Iran ignored his request, Jones once again burned copies of the Quran along with image of Muhammad.
Jones has now announced that he intends to run for President of the United States as a write-in Independent candidate. He announced that his Stand With Us organization is in the process of filing his intent to run for president with the Secretaries of State across the country.
In his announcement to run for office, Jones said he has a 7 point platform which is:
- Stop overspending immediately
- Balance the budget
- Reduce military spending
- Deport all illegals
- Reduce corporate taxes
- Reduce bureaucracy
- Legalize hemp
I agree that we need to stop overspending immediately and balance the budget. I may also agree with a reduction in bureaucracy and the deportation of all illegal immigrants. But I do not agree with reducing military spending nor do I agree with legalizing hemp. He claims that hemp can be used as a building material and processed into a type of fuel. What he doesn’t say is that it can also be smoked and is often synonymous with marijuana.
If you have followed Jones in the news, you are probably aware that he uses radical means to get his message across. You also may share my opinion that he has been smoking way too much of the hemp that he wants to legalize. I believe he needs to take the money he plans on raising for his campaign and use if to feed and clothe those in need and not to waste it on a frivolous self-promotion scheme.