On Wednesday, Rev. Terry Jones was arrested before he could burn 2,998 Qurans, as he had planned, in an effort to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Jones, an outspoken critic of the spread of radical Islam, is the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.
ABC News reports:
The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that Jones and Sapp drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans to a park, where they had intended to burn them — one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Jones, along with his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp, were charged with the unlawful conveyance of fuel, a felony. Both were held overnight and released the next day on $1,250 bail.
Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm.
Jones has been the target of hundreds of death threats. The Muslim terror group known as Hezbollah has even placed a $2.4 Million bounty on his head, according to the FBI.
In 2010, then-Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, personally phoned Jones, urging him not to go through with his plan to burn a Quran on September 11.
Jones complied with the request.
While Jones' actions have garnered the attention of the Obama administration and have now resulted in a felony charge, our own military has been burning Christian Bibles under the direction of that same administration...
In May 2009, CNN reported:
Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.
The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.
"The decision was made that it was a 'force protection' measure to throw them away, because, if they did get out, it could be perceived by Afghans that the U.S. government or the U.S. military was trying to convert Muslims," Wright told CNN on Tuesday.
Troops at posts in war zones are required to burn their trash, Wright said.
Of course, Jones' warnings on the spread of Islam and the dangers it poses to the American people bring nearly constant criticism from the left, while the Obama administration ordering U.S troops to burn Bibles as if they were trash never receives even a mention.
Did you know our military was ordered to burn Bibles?