Jesus with a rifleI’ve blogged about the wingnut church in Gainesville, FL that plans to celebrate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by burning Qur’ans. Their planned tantrum has been widely criticized, even by other Christians. They’ve noticed this backlash, and have decided to do something in response. That response can be summed up in one phrase: “Lock and load.” Yep, they’re arming for battle and are ready to fight for their right to burn Qur’ans. CNN reports on their increasing obstinacy and militancy (WebCite cached article):

An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an “International Burn a Quran Day” on September 11, the church’s pastor said Tuesday. …

Dove World Outreach Center Pastor Terry Jones has accepted the support of Right Wing Extreme, which he said offered to come to the church with between 500 and 2,000 men on September 11. He described the organization as an armed civilian militia group.

The pastor’s childish defiance goes beyond merely arming up for the Qur’an-burning: He and his church plan to break the law, too. You see, they haven’t been able to get a burning permit from the city of Gainesville … but still plan to light up nonetheless, as reported by the Gainesville Sun (cached):

On Wednesday, the department faxed and mailed a letter to the church’s senior pastor, Terry Jones, to let him know for the second time that the city wouldn’t allow the burning.

But the church, which has about 50 members, has indicated that even if it doesn’t have a permit, it will still burn the Muslim holy book.

It sure looks like these people are hoping to engage in a battle when Gainesville officials arrive to arrest them for hosting an illegal burning. I can only hope no one gets killed.

Well … no one who doesn’t belong to Dove World Outreach Center, that is; its members, I couldn’t care less about.

What a marvelous testimony to the Religion of Love … no?

Photo credit: Jordon.

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