1st Quran, now this? Controversial pastor reveals plans if Muhammad found ‘guilty’ next
The Florida pastor whose public torching of the Quran sparked violent Muslim protests in the Mideast told WND Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein that an effigy of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad may be next.
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla., was speaking with Klein on the latter’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC 770 AM in New York City when the host asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Jones’ church would put Muhammad “on trial,” like it did with the Quran.
“There is that possibility,” Jones said, before qualifying, “it is definitely not a possibility in the near future.”
Nonetheless, he continued: “As far as judging Muhammad, it would take place in the same way. We would try to obtain experts on both sides of the bench, and if Muhammad was found innocent … then we would issue a public apology to Islam, to the Quran, to the followers of Muhammad for our actions at insulting [them]. If he was found guilty, then we would do in the same manner as the Quran burning. We would offer probably four or five different forms of punishment, and then the form of punishment that the people voted upon, that would be the punishment that would be executed.”
Klein asked what kind of “punishment” Jones had in mind.
“Probably they would be forms similar to International Judge the Quran Day,” Jones said. “On that day we had four forms of punishment – they were burning, grounding, shredding and facing of a firing squad. We would probably pick some of those kinds of forms, and if Muhammad was found guilty … we would put together some type of picture or some type of dummy figure to represent him, and then the execution would be done on that particular object we created.”